Romney to speak at RNC meeting Friday – U-T San Diego

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s strongly considering a third run for president, plans to speak at the Republican National Committee winter meetings in San Diego this week.

The RNC said Romney, who owns a house in La Jolla, will address party officials Friday night at a committee event aboard the USS Midway Museum docked in San Diego Bay.

Earlier that day, another prospective 2016 presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is expected to appear at an RNC luncheon at the Hotel del Coronado, where the winter meetings are being held. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer will also be featured at the luncheon, according to the RNC.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, lost to President Barack Obama in 2012 and ran in the Republican presidential primaries in 2008 when Obama was first elected. He also unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 1994 against Democratic incumbent Ted Kennedy.

Since telling a group of potential donors in New York on Friday that he was serious about running again, Romney has been busy trying to re-establish his 2012 network of contributors, strategists and supporters. Should he run, his main competition appears to be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who for some time has been organizing an expected campaign, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

None of the men has formally committed to running.

Several other Republican figures are also said to be considering a bid, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. He is scheduled to make a speech before the RNC on Thursday night.

The RNC meetings open Wednesday night and conclude Saturday morning.


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