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Cheney: Romney 'only' man for foreign policy

By Kasie Hunt

WILSON, Wyo. (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Republican fundraisers Thursday night that Mitt Romney is the "only" man who can make the right decisions in unexpected foreign policy crises. The presumptive 2012 Republican presidential nominee called Cheney a "great American leader" - and didn't mention former President George W. Bush in a 20-minute speech to a country club reception.

Cheney said serving under four presidents taught him that a surprising international crisis is inevitable.

"When I think about the kind of individual I want in the Oval Office in that moment of crisis, who has to make those key decisions, some of them life-and-death decisions, some of them decisions as commander-in-chief, who has the responsibility for sending some of our young men and women into harm's way, that man is Mitt Romney," Cheney said to applause.

It was a strong endorsement from a man who has come to represent the neoconservative foreign policy wing of the Republican Party. Until Thursday, Romney had avoided appearing with Cheney or with Bush.

While Romney avoided mentioning the former president in remarks that were open to the press, he invoked Bush in a question-and-answer session with donors at a private dinner at Cheney's home. In remarks overheard by reporters standing outside the clubhouse, Romney contrasted what he called "President George W. Bush's freedom agenda" with President Barack Obama.

Cheney, who generally avoids retail politicking, is still a controversial figure because of his hawkish foreign policy stances and support for enhanced interrogation techniques - like waterboarding - that many consider torture. Obama banned those techniques after he took office.

Donors gathered Thursday night under a tent next to the driving range at Teton Pines Country Club, a golfing community where Cheney has a home. After Cheney introduced him, Romney praised the former vice president as "a great American leader."

Romney criticized Obama's domestic policies on health care and spending. "But the foreign policy mistakes, I believe, may be even longer lasting in their negative impact on the country," he said, but he did not specify those policies. In the past Romney has attacked Obama's policies on Iran, China and Israel, although he has praised the president for authorizing the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Romney raised more than $4 million with Cheney, long a strong fundraiser in part because of his popularity among the conservative Republican base. The Cheney-sponsored events in this resort area near Yellowstone National Park represent a welcome endorsement for Romney, who is eager to win over more of the party's base.

Cheney was hosting Romney at a private dinner at his Wyoming home after he posed for photos with Romney and the fundraisers who had flown from all over the country for the event. They were drawn either by Cheney or by the dramatic beauty of the mountains in this resort valley. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, a national campaign finance co-chair, was in attendance, as were bundlers from Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and New York, among other places.

Oklahoma City oil magnate Harold Hamm, frequently mentioned in Romney's standard campaign speech as an inspiring rags-to-riches example of American entrepreneurship, also attended. Hamm drove a truck to put himself through college before striking it rich in North Dakota.

"Harold's doing just fine, by the way. How you doing, Harold?" Romney called out, as the crowd laughed. "Forbes publishes his net worth on a regular basis."

Hamm is No. 78 on Forbes' list of the world's billionaires, worth $11 billion, according to the magazine.

Attendance at the dinner with Cheney cost $30,000, though many had already contributed that much before Thursday night's event. Cheney's red-doored home is at the end of a cul-de-sac and overlooks the golf course and the Grand Teton mountain range. The Secret Service had set up metal detectors on the back lawn in preparation for the dinner, and a tent for the dinner was erected near the 18th hole of the golf course close to the clubhouse.

Romney doesn't have a close personal relationship with the former vice president. While he speaks regularly with former President George H.W. Bush, Romney seldom refers by name to the most recent Bush to occupy the White House. On occasion he goes out of his way not to say Bush's name out loud and simply calls him "the predecessor" to Obama.

Romney has embraced Cheney in the past. Last year, he told an Arizona town hall that Cheney's "wisdom and judgment" would provide a model for choosing his own vice president.

Many of Romney's policy advisers were officials in the Bush White House. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently endorsed the former Massachusetts governor. On Thursday, Romney aides refused to comment on reports that Rice is a top consideration for vice president. Earlier this month, Romney's wife, Ann, said her husband was considering choosing a woman as a running mate.

Romney's visit with the GOP sage came as he was in the final stages of picking his No. 2. Cheney is familiar with the process: He was charged with leading Bush's vice presidential search in 2000 and ended up vice president himself. Romney has tasked longtime aide Beth Myers with leading his own vice presidential search.

Cheney has long struggled with cardiovascular disease, suffering a heart attack in 2010, his fifth since the age of 37. Now 71, he received a heart transplant earlier this year at a more advanced age than most patients.

Cheney's daughter Liz also attended Thursday's fundraiser. She recently bought a house in Wyoming, sparking questions about whether she plans to run for office. Her father was elected to six terms as a House member from the state.

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  1. dregstudiosComment by dregstudios
    July 13, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    These two were made for one another. Romney kills jobs and ships them off to other countries for profit. Cheney architects wars and sends young men off to their deaths for profit. Which is worse? Just take a look at what the most notorious and vile Vice Presidents in history is capable of at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2010/04/inside-job.html

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      July 13, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

      You and the troll were made for each other dios

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      July 13, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

      Dregs is a good name for someone who uses liberal/progressive propaganda sites to get their talking points.

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  2. billwvComment by billwv
    July 13, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    When you stop to consider: we have no [nota] [zip] foreign policy under Ozero; how refreshing to consider [someone] at the helm of government that actually has good common sense. As has been stated time and again in these comments: any one with a pulse and half a brain would beat out Ozero for doing something ‘right’.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      July 13, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

      actually Obama has two (dos) foreign policy positions, 1) Israel under the Bus, 2) Remove our Second Amendment Rights with a UN Treaty,. Defeat O’ in 12′.

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  3. backgammon48Comment by backgammon48
    July 13, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    Personal Information:

    His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney
    He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.
    His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan He was raised in Bloomfield Hills , Michigan
    He is Married to Ann Romney since 1969; they five children.
    Education: B.A. from Brigham Young University,
    J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University

    Religion: Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

    Work Background:
    After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.

    After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but
    never worked as an attorney.
    In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States .
    In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.
    He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
    In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of
    Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

    Some Interesting Business Facts about Romney:
    Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.
    Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies likeDomino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply & others.

    He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial campaign 1 year.
    He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s governor’s office for eight years.
    He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.
    He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.
    He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.
    He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

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  4. backgammon48Comment by backgammon48
    July 13, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Mitt Romney…Continued

    He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial campaign 1 year.
    He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s governor’s office for eight years.
    He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.
    He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.
    He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.
    He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

    Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of
    money, service and time than most men.
    In 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of his income…. Just for comparison purposes,
    Obama gave 1% and Joe Biden gave $300 or .0013%.

    Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:
    He will show us his birth certificate
    He will show us his high school and college transcripts.
    He will show us his social security card.
    He will show us his law degree.
    He will show us his draft notice.
    He will show us his medical records.
    He will show us his income tax records.
    He will show us he has nothing to hide.
    Mitt Romney’s background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen for
    President of the United States.

    You may think that Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected. At least I know what
    religion he is, and that he won’t desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility. Im sure he won’t attack (DOMA) Defense of Marraige Act nor will he promote the homosexual agenda or abortion!

    I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the current regime has gotten us into. We won’t like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney’s background can do it.

    But, on the minus side, he never was a “Community Organizer,” never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with communists or terrorists, nor did he attend a church whose pastor called for God to da*n the US.

    Also, Romney is Responsible, he will not spend the next 4 years blaming Obama!

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    • brightlightComment by brightlight
      July 14, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

      Great post.I would add tireless and courageous and the right man for the right time.Other than that there’s nothing more to say.

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