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November 9th, 2009
02:40 PM ET

Romney builds political capital, bides time for 2012 run

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Mitt Romney ran for president during the 2008 election season."]

By Kevin Bohn, CNN

Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) - For a moment, you might think Mitt Romney was still running for office if you look at his travel schedule crisscrossing the country.

Since February, he has attended nine events for senatorial candidates, appeared at more than a dozen rallies or fundraisers for those running for governor this year or next, and spoken at almost two dozen meetings of Republican Party groups or conservative organizations. And he has finished a new book.

"This is a pivotal time in the history of our country," Romney said at his political action committee's office.

As the Republican Party searches for ways to rebound from its recent losses and leaders who can be turned to, Romney clearly is trying to position himself to be one of them.

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"I am just one force among many. But a time like this, I think the party is looking for voices that lay out a positive ... vision for the future of this country and for our party. If I can be part of that, so much the better, and there are a lot of good voices out there," Romney said. "I appreciate the fact that others disagree with me on some issues, but that kind of debate at a critical time like this is good for the country."

Romney campaigned for both of the recent successful GOP gubernatorial candidates - Virginia's Bob McDonnell and New Jersey's Chris Christie - and said he plans to stay on the stump through next year's midterm elections.

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Filed under: GOP: The Next Chapter
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. hongli

    Franz Browne: Please don't blog until your english gets better. By the way Mitt Romney is a JOKE.

    November 11, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  2. hongli

    It was reported a few years ago that one of Mitt Romney's Mansion was broken into by bandits. Well if this idiot cannot protect his own home then how can he ever protect a country? Mitt Romney is an Idiot just like Mick Huckabee and Sarah Palin. The GOP has gone to the DOGS.

    November 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  3. Franz Browne

    The former governor would be a good candidate. I hope he does not state his intentions to early. The public could lost interest in him and his message could get lost in the media.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  4. Sarah Daugherty

    Kiran interviewed two women on American Morning and I'd like to make a comment regarding this discussion. A statement was made that Republicans with regard to the pro-life stance are keeping women in the 'political kitchen'. I'd like to point out that many women, including myself are both a mother and a successful breadwinner. My husband and I share the responsibilities at home, but I make the majority of the money and have four young children. I would like to also point out that Sarah Palin does quite well with five children. It is not the fault of the Republican party OR a pro-life stance that women may be home rather than in the working world, it is the fault of our society who says that men shouldn't do the work of a homemaker.

    November 10, 2009 at 6:41 am |
  5. Bob in Florida

    For what? What's HE planning to do in 2012? Go on a book tour with Sarah?

    November 10, 2009 at 6:24 am |