Several politicians thought to be in consideration as Mitt Romney’s running mate have joined the presumptive GOP presidential nominee at a Utah retreat.
More than 500 individuals are expected to attend the event with big Romney donors in Utah, according to a report in Bloomberg.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.), Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanGOP senators offer bill to require spending cuts with debt-limit hikes Vulnerable Senate Dem: Border tax concerning for agriculture Repeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate MORE (Ohio), Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanSenator to reintroduce ‘Buy America’ legislation Paul: Pence should oversee Senate ObamaCare repeal votes Ryan-aligned super PAC pulls support from GOP member who opposes healthcare bill MORE (Wisc.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), Gov. Bob McDonnell (Va.), and Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneSenate GOP hedges on ObamaCare repeal timeline Week ahead: Robocall crackdown tops FCC meeting agenda Here's how Congress can get people to live healthy lifestyles MORE (S.D.) will be among the attendees, according to ABC News.
Notably absent will be Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Senate intel panel has not seen Nunes surveillance documents: lawmakers With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder MORE (Fla.) who is thought to be among the top veep options for the GOP presidential hopeful, according to the Wall Street Journal. Rubio told the Journal he wanted to spend the time with his kids.
Attendees flew to Salt Lake City Thursday night and went to a cookout at Olympic Park Friday night, according to ABC News. Chateaux at Silver Lake, a hotel, is hosting the event, Bloomberg reported.
The event will be a who’s who of the GOP party and is sure to be an attractive event for donors. Fundraising events are key for donors to get their time to hob-nob with the leaders the are supporting.
This retreat is no different. Campaign and party heads such as former White House advisor and American Crossroad super-PAC founder Karl Rove will field private meetings with donors and offer lectures on several issues like foreign policy, Bloomberg reported.