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May 20, 2008 09:24 PM UTC

Romney To Stand In For McCain

  • by: Colorado Pols

As the Rocky Mountain News reports:

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will speak on John McCain’s behalf at the Colorado Republican Convention in Broomfield on May 31.

State party Chairman Dick Wadhams believes the turnout for the two-day convention and assembly will rival the Democratic turnout at their state gathering in Colorado Springs this past weekend.

“The Broomfield Event Center holds 7,000 and I’ve always said we’re going to have that many with delegates and guests,” Wadhams said.

Romney won Colorado, of course, back in February when Republicans still loathed McCain. You might say he’s here to teach Colorado conservatives how to backpedal, a discussion topic for which Romney is uniquely qualified.


21 thoughts on “Romney To Stand In For McCain

  1. The Broomfield Event Center holds 7,000 and I’ve always said we’re going to have that many with delegates and guests,”

    Anyway, didn’t the Democrats have 10,000 “delegates and guests”?

    It’s not a contest, Dick.

    Oh, wait … it is. And you’re losing.

  2. When confronted with the facts over Iran, McCain scapegoats voters for being so easily deceived.

    “I think if you asked any average American who the leader of Iran is, I think they’d know.”

    As Klien pointed out, we don’t need another President who will deceive the American people on foreign policy:

    On top of that as Klein points out, the President’s job is to educate the public on questions of policy. So if the “average American” thinks that Ahmadinejad is the ultimate leader of Iran, it’s up to the President to dissuade them of this notion – not reinforce it. Back in 2002 more then half of Americans thought Saddam was responsible for 9/11 and President Bush did nothing to disprove this assumption (In fact, while never directly claiming that Saddam was responsible for 9/11 the Administration did everything it could to reinforce the notion). That doesn’t mean our policy should be based on those false assumptions.

    Sure looks like more of the same to me.  

    1. “I think if you asked any average American who the leader of the United States is, I think they’d know.”

      Sure they would. Dick Cheney.

      Seriously, I doubt 1 in 100 “average Americans” could name Ahmadinejad without prompting.

      1. ayatollah ali khameni is the leader of Iran.

        Ahmadinejad is “just” the president (head of government), Khameni is supreme leader (head of state)

  3. unless of course he flip-flops…(which is like saying if he blow dries his hair):

    “There are a number of pieces of legislation where his (McCain’s) views are out of the mainstream, at least in my view, of conservative Republican thought.

    “So, for instance, he’s opposed to drilling in ANWR, I believe. If I’m correct — correct me, Senator. He voted twice against the Bush tax cuts. Only two Republicans did that.

    “He is a co-author of McCain-Feingold, which I think took a whack at the First Amendment and I do believe, as well, hurt our party pretty significantly. And I think it’s made money have an even greater influence in politics today, not less influence.

    “He also was one of the co-authors of McCain-Kennedy, the first bill, by the way, not that bad. About 5 percent or 10 percent of the people, by our calculation, got a form of amnesty. Most people went home.

    “Under the final version of McCain-Kennedy, everybody who was here illegally, other than those who committed crimes, was eligible to receive a Z-visa. For $3,000, they got to stay here for the rest of their life. That’s not a Republican thought.

    “And then now McCain-Lieberman, which is a unilateral — meaning U.S.-only imposed — cap-and-trade program, which puts a burden, as much as 50 cents a gallon, on gasoline in this country. It basically says Americans are going to pay for the cost of global warming, not the Chinese and Indians and forth.

    “So those views are outside the mainstream of Republican conservative thought. And I guess I’d also note that, if you get endorsed by the New York Times, you’re probably not a conservative.”

    From the CNN/Reagan Library hosted GOP debate.

  4. Romney, McCain, Wadhams… they are all out of touch with Colorado. In comparison, the Broomfield Democrats are having their county dinner that Friday night with an a-list line-up that includes Governor Ritter, Speaker Romanoff, Congressman Perlmutter, Rep. Dianne Primavera, Dist. Atty. Don Quick, among others. I love that this little county dinner will showcase state leaders who are truly in touch with Colorado values.

  5. And I think it’s great that he’s willing to stand in for McCain on the 31st.  I just got a lot more excited about our state convention (and make no mistake, I was already pretty excited)!

    1. Wonder if Romney is going to be the stand-in in other states like ours, where the ‘pubs are more conservative and went for Romney while the going was good?

      1. I’m not sure what you mean by “while the going was good”, but I suspect that Romney will stand in for McCain at states that Romney won to raise cash and help unify the party

        1. I meant while Romney was still actively running, along with Huckabee and the others. I’m sure he’s popular in other states that had primaries after he dropped out but I doubt he’d put in an appearance there, unless he still did well despite being out of the running.

          1. Yeah, I could see Romney speaking in say…Idaho, which he probably would have carried if he were still in the race when they vote.

            But other then what he won on super tuesday, I’m not sure what states Romney would have won if he stayed in.

    2.    Mittens is auditioning for V.P.  I expect him to be in high ass-kissing mode when he speaks.  

        Haners, you may be disappointed to hear some of the over-the-top laudatory stuff he’s gonna shovel to the audience about McCain.

        Wear boots and be prepared….

      1. And he doesn’t have any reason not to.  

        But the fact that McCain and Romney can at least tolerate each other enough to have Romney help him is another step in the right direction.

        While I would love to have Romney be asked to be VP, I doubt it will happen.  Romney might drag down the ticket in the South (where McCain will need enough help), and many of McCain’s staffers would do whatever they could to shoot down the idea.

        I imagine that at the end of the day, McCain will probably go with a southerner.  Huckabee, Riley, Crist, Hucthinson, Sanford, Jindal…someone.

        1. You heard it here first – my money is on McCain to pick Huckabee for veep, win the election over a fractured Democratic party (maybe with HRC running as an independent?) and for McCain to shuffle off this mortal coil before his first term is half over.

          And then, American Theocracy, here we come…

          1.    That will definitely not happen.  Fractured party, perhaps (at least, if you believe the exit polling from Kentucky), but HRC will not run as an indie.

              She’ll give Obama a clear run at the White House and probably some lukewarm, active support (if he wants any support from her; to many of his more fanatical supporters, she’s radioactive).  

              She’ll still be a Senator, she’ll want to maintain some influence in Senate and she’ll want some degree of access to the new administration.

              I’m not one of those Clinton supporters who wants Obama to select her for V.P.  I agree with Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy.  It would look like a shotgun wedding between two people who despise one another.  And Obama’s entitled to pick someone of his own choosing.

              If Obama wins in Nov., that will be great as well as historic.  If he doesn’t, I predict in ’12 there will be a DLC-type candidate (not HRC, but someone like Evan Bayh or Mark Warner).

            1. if he wants any support from her; to many of his more fanatical supporters, she’s radioactive

              He will definitely take the support.  While some of us, his more fanatical supports may not consider Hillary to be the best of help, it will not change the way we vote.  The campaign is not worried about losing that base of support.  The only foreseeable problem is Hillary taking the nomination battle so far that she will not have time to make the slow turn around to endorse the Obama campaign.  If it is a night and day shift it will not resonate nearly as well with her supporters.

  6. This might be the one time I applaud someone from McCain’s campaign. I don’t know McKinnon, but he just gained a reputation for keeping his word.

    McCain adviser steps down to avoid working against Obama

    John McCain’s chief media adviser said Tuesday he is stepping down rather than campaign against Barack Obama.

    Mark McKinnon said last year that he would leave McCain’s campaign after the primary season if the Arizona senator were to run against Obama.

    The Illinois senator is not the Democratic nominee, but he has accumulated a significant lead in the number of delegates required to claim the nomination.

    In a 2007 interview with Cox News, McKinnon said he would vote for McCain, but “I just don’t want to work against an Obama candidacy.” He added that if Obama were to reach the White House, it “would send a great message to the country and the world.”

    The McCain campaign says McKinnon will remain a “major supporter” of the McCain’s presidential bid.

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