Mitt Romney to re-enter political spotlight?

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-10 16:51:08-04

By Paul Steinhauser

(CNN) — Mitt Romney’s back.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will headline a New Hampshire Republican Party dinner and fundraiser next month. The event will take place on Tuesday August 6, in the Granite State’s lakes region, near Romney’s vacation home in Wolfeboro, along Lake Winnipesaukee.

This is the first time Romney’s attended a political fundraiser since he lost last November’s presidential election.

“The party reached out to Gov. Romney a few weeks ago when he indicated he was ready to get involved again in the political process, and asked him if he would be willing to raise money for the New Hampshire Republican Party,” Ryan Williams, an adviser to the New Hampshire GOP, told CNN. “The dinner will give Romney’s many local supporters in New Hampshire a chance to see him again.”

Romney is very familiar in New Hampshire, the state that traditionally holds the nation’s first presidential primary. He was governor last decade in neighboring Massachusetts, and most of the southern part of the state is in the Boston media market. He also spends time at his vacation home in the state.

Romney was a big supporter and fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party and for GOP politicians and candidates in the state in the years leading up to his 2008 and 2012 runs for the White House. New Hampshire is also a battleground state in the general election, and Romney kicked off his 2012 presidential campaign in the Granite State. He returned numerous times to meet with voters.

Following November’s election loss, Romney spent much of his time out of the public eye, but he recently re-entered the spotlight. Last month he held a multi-day conference in Park City, Utah that featured several prospective 2016 presidential candidates, as well as other national leaders with some of the GOP’s major donors also in attendance.

In an interview at the conference with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, Romney said “we’re thinking about ways that we can still make a contribution to a country we love very deeply.”

Romney has also hinted at playing a role in assisting fellow Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections.

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