Romney's New Fundraising 'Star': Dick Cheney

Romney tries to appeal to GOP base with controversial ex-VP
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2012 7:11 AM CDT
Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Wyoming Republican state convention at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyo., April 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Miranda Grubbs)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney hasn't exactly snuggled up to the George W. Bush administration—he's made a point of avoiding even mentioning Dubya's name, usually referring to him only as Obama's "predecessor," for example—but he's not going to let that stand in the way of a good money-making opportunity. None other than Dick Cheney himself is throwing a big-ticket fundraiser in Romney's honor at a Wyoming resort tonight, followed by a private dinner in his home, the AP reports.

Cheney's foreign policy stances, particularly his persistent support for torture, have made him a controversial figure, but he remains a major fundraising draw and is beloved by the GOP's base, which is considerably more skeptical of Romney. Also of note: Liz Cheney will attend the fundraiser, as rumors swirl that she's considering a run for office in Wyoming.

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