Mitt Romney knows how to raise money. He collected more than $1.1 billion in the 2012 campaign, relying on contacts he built during his time as Massachusetts governor, head of the Salt Lake City Olympics, years working in private equity, and as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. And now, with Romney insisting that he will not run again in 2016, literally hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of Republican money is up for grabs -- and donors say that they are already being courted by several potential presidential candidates.
Republicans have added four names to Monday’s initial list of seven speakers who will address the party’s national convention in Tampa, Florida later this month. Each of the 11 picks says something about the party — and the image GOP nominee Mitt Romney wants to convey as he seeks to introduce (or reintroduce) himself to a national audience.
Of the 11 announced speakers, four are women, five are current governors and three are men Romney has run against for president.
Below is a rundown of the names and why they were chosen.
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The first families of the two major American political parties are proving to be a little bit of a thorn in their teams’ sides these days.
First it was Bill Clinton wandering off-message a couple times in recent weeks, seeming to depart from the Obama campaign’s line on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital and ending tax cuts for the wealthy.
Now, it’s become quite clear that Jeb Bush, son and brother to the 41st and 43rd presidents respectively, is on a quest to push his party away from the political extreme.
And, in fact, the efforts are somewhat comparable.
A man whom many Republicans hoped would run for president is worried about the GOP primary field.
“I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective and that’s kind of where we are,” former Florida governor Jeb Bush said in a Dallas speech Thursday, Fox News reported. “I think it changes when we get to the general election. I hope.”