November 19, 2004


Romney in spotlight at GOP meeting: Brushes off talk of presidential run (Yvonne Abraham, November 19, 2004, Boston Globe)

He often bats away talk of his presidential prospects, but yesterday, among friends at the Republican Governors Association annual conference, there was no way of avoiding it for Governor Mitt Romney. When a panel discussion on the 2004 election turned to talk of likely GOP presidential candidates in 2008, two of the pundits mentioned the Massachusetts governor.

Romney, scribbling notes on the draft of an article through the morning's formal session, seemed to be paying no attention at first. Then, when he was mentioned by columnist Kate O'Beirne, he fixed a faint smile on his face and nodded a thank you.

Afterward, however, he refused to be drawn out on the subject, laughing it off in a brief interview.

''I missed [most] of it," he said. ''I heard it mentioned one time. Frankly, that's for you guys who are the pundits to talk like that. . . . It's too remote to worry about. And in the case of those panelists, it just shows, if you buy someone dinner, they say good things."

But today Romney is expected to be elected vice chairman of the association, which will put him in place to collect some big chits if he chooses to run in 2008. After a one-year term, the vice chairman becomes chairman. And the chairman travels the country, doling out millions in campaign donations and helping other governors get reelected. Romney, who has been one of the nation's more prominent governors since winning office in 2002, will see his national profile further raised as a result.

Ant list of contenders for the 2008 nomination has to place the Governor in the top 3.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2004 10:05 AM

Romney/McCain would be politically tough to beat.

Posted by: J.H. at November 19, 2004 4:24 PM

Romney/McCain has nice ring to it. Yes, maybe Republicans can get competitive in the Blue States like California, Oregon, Washington and we won't have to read these stupid, idiot essays about Red/Blue American.

Ah..present company excluded of course.

Posted by: h-man at November 19, 2004 4:38 PM

McCain will never agree to a vice-president slot.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at November 19, 2004 7:07 PM

I agree, at McCain's age, and with his position, Vice President is a dead end.

However, if he's looking to retire, the VP isn't a bad way to keep an oar in the water while taking it easy.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 19, 2004 8:07 PM