But despite the momentum he is likely to earn from the debate, Romney told the gathered conservative activists that the November election would still be a "close-fought battle." And he encouraged supporters to help his campaign by volunteering and voting in the coming weeks.
Romney had not confirmed his attendance at the event, and his appearance was a surprise to attendees. The Republican presidential candidate was introduced by his sons. According to the Huffington Post, Romney joked he "heard my boys were going to be here — I couldn't resist."
After the event, Romney headed to the Denver airport. The candidate was scheduled to fly to Virginia on Thursday afternoon, where he and running mate Paul RyanPaul RyanInsurer threatens to leave ObamaCare exchanges if subsidies aren’t funded Ryan downplays shutdown threat Poll: Trump voters have positive opinion of president MORE planned to hold a rally with country music star Trace Adkins in the early evening.
Romney celebrates debate success at surprise CPAC stop
By Justin Sink - 10/04/12 04:28 PM EDT