Romney told the 250-person deep crowd at the fundraiser — which hauled a reported $2 million for his campaign — that he greatly admired Churchill, who steered the country through World War II.

"You live here, you see the sites day in and day out, but for me as I drive past the sculpture of Winston Churchill and see that great sculpture next to Westminster Abbey and Parliament and with him larger than life, enormous heft of that sculpture suggesting the scale of the the grandeur and the greatness of the man, it tugs at the heart strings to remember the kind of example that was led by Winston Churchill," Romney said.