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Media Barred From Photographing Romney With Cheney At Fundraiser

Media Barred From Photographing Romney With Cheney At Fundraiser


Written by Ben Armbruster

Dick Cheney hosted a fundraiser for Mitt Romney Thursday at his home in Wyoming. Donors paid $1,000 to attend a reception, $10,000 for a picture with Romney and $30,000 to eat dinner with Romney and Cheney in the former vice president’s home. While reporters were on hand to cover some of the events, media were not allowed to take photos of Cheney and Romney together. The Los Angeles Times explains:

Because of the unpopularity of Bush and Cheney, Romney has kept his distance — never appearing publicly with either man during his 2012 campaign. Though both leaders are admired by many in the Republican Party base, any perception of closeness with Romney could be harmful as the unofficial Republican nominee seeks to draw in independent and moderate voters.

Indeed, it seems that Romney has been playing a double game this campaign season in an effort to draw away any attention to his neocon-inspired foreign policy. In public, he either chooses to ignore national security issues or he and his advisers don’t distinguish the presumptive GOP nominee’s foreign policy from President Obama’s too much.

Behind the scenes, however, it’s quite a different story. As Bush administration Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell noted recently, Romney’s foreign policy advisers “are quite far to the right.” Many of them advocated for the Iraq war and now want war with Iran.

And the ones who want war reportedly have Romney’s ear as one top Republican operative told Reuters recently that the moderate camp inside Romney’s foreign policy team “are very concerned about the fact that if Romney needs to call anyone, his instinct is to call the Cheney-ites.” Another Romney aide, Vin Weber — who has received scrutiny for lobbying for countries with poor human rights records — told the Washington Post that “it’s inevitable” that the Bush-Cheney alumni advising Romney on foreign policy are going to “have some influence.”

Cheney praised Romney last night as the “only” candidate to make what he thinks are the right foreign policy decisions as commander-in-chief. In fact, Romney shares Cheney’s views on a number of national security issues, as Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) observed in an article in Foreign Policy yesterday: “A Romney presidency promises to take us back to something all too familiar: a Bush-Cheney doctrine — equal parts naïve and cavalier — which eagerly embraces military force without fully considering the consequences.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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10:28PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

sounds like a bunch of war to me! what about the us and our huge depression?

4:19AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Romney shows his true colors again. Cheney's ass should be in jail along with Bush, Rumsfeld and company. In Canada, he's not welcome. The only good man that I can judge is Ron Paul who makes any sense on a number of issues.

7:18AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Yes indeed, two peas in a pod, one unconvicted mass murderer, the other a potential criminal seeking advise from the master of misery. Vote Obama, our lives depend on it.

12:20PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

The Republican Party has undermined the nation's democracy. This is an act of treason.

10:05AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

The Republican SLIME.

10:26AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

there is nothing better for the economy and the military industrial complax then going out and killing a bunch of people and distruping the environment.

8:54AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

The scary thing about this is the return of the Bush/Cheney gang. We have Bush's ''turd blossom' Karl Rove in Romney's campaign...raised millions in his super pac. Rove has done enough damage to the Country by bringing W into the White he wants to give us mo money, Romney. He has secret fund raisers with Dick and god knows which fat cats are giving them millions. We thought we were done with the gang that brought us an illegal war, and a near depression. Don't come back! Stay away! Before you go, how about a nice group picture to remember you all. Romney, Cheney, Bush, Rove, Scooter, Rummy..Smile!

Romney has secret fund raisers, goes to a secretive church/cult, has secret money stashed in secret places in foreign countries, has secret tax returns, has secret money he 'earns', has secret the CEO, is not the CEO...Who knows?

1:08PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

I wouldn't want my picture taken with this creep either!!!

9:17AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

A few tips for Cheney, should his pacemaker fail; watch the movie "crank 2: high voltage".

9:03AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Who would want to see a picture of two of the ugliest personalities of the 21st century. Better to post a picture of a two toads, or jackals.

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