Romney Talks Up Va's Importance
Sadly, Mitt Romney decided not to announce his 2012 candidacy for president of the United States in Virginia tonight -- much to the disappointment of reporters and supporters.
Romney, who has spent two days in the state campaigning for Virginia's top Republicans Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling, sidestepped questions at a press conference about whether he would run for president in 2012.
"2012 is a horizon way too distant to make calls on at this time,'' he said. "I'm going to be working hard to get Republicans elected this year and in 2010."
The former Massachusetts governor received an enthusiastic welcome when he appeared later at the sold-out Commonwealth Gala as a kick off of the annual state GOP convention in Richmond. The audience of about 1,300 -- some who were seated at tables out of sight oustide the ballroom -- gave him a standing ovation.
"For a guy from Massachusetts this is a bit of an unusual experience,'' Romney quipped. "There are more Republicans here than in my entire state."
Romney said the statewide elections this year in Virginia and New Jersey are cruicial for the health of the Republican party.
"These are two states where Republicans can pick up governor's offices,'' he said. "That sends a pretty strong signal that conservative principles -- keeping government small, keeping taxes down and trying to build jobs in the private sector --really is the approach that the American people find most attractive. I think what you are seeing here in Virginia as well as New Jersey could well speak to the entire country."
May 29, 2009; 9:05 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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