Romney chats up Congress
Hotline has the story:
As Sen. John McCain struck a deal with the administration on torture policy today, MA Gov. Mitt Romney was also busy on the Beltway circuit. Romney first gave a speech this morning, discussing his much-ballyhooed initiative on health insurance to a downtown crowd at the Mayflower.
He then headed up to the Hill and joined the House GOP's "Theme Team" for their regular lunch meeting. Chaired by House Conf Vice- Chair Jack Kingston (R-GA), the Team consists of about 85 mostly conservative House GOPers who gather to hatch strategy and gin up ideas on how to get their message across. About 25 members attended today and heard Romney speak about his record in the Bay State, including the health care plan, his efforts on education and the difficulty of being Red in the heart of Blue America. One House source in attendance said that while he did not explicitly discuss '08, he made it "clear he's going to run." After making his pitch, Romney took questions about where he came down on issues ranging from Iraq to stem cell research. The word from those on the Hill is that he answered the questions effectively and made a positive impression on the members.
This is not the first time Romney has sat down with congressional GOPers, nor has he been the only '08'er to begin the courtship process, but, as we said the other day, is it still only '06?
Btw, Romney is overnighting in DC as he speaks to another group of conservatives, the Family Resarch Council, tomorrow morning. Also addressing FRC's Values Voter Summit are AR Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and Sens Sam Brownback (R-KS) and George Allen (R-VA).