Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE (D) will headline a GOP summit led by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, The Associated Press reported Monday.
Romney will interview Biden Friday evening at the invite-only weekend retreat in Deer Valley, Utah, a Biden spokesman and participants with knowledge of the summit’s schedule told the news wire.
High-profile Republicans including House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to Donald Trump On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Stopping the next insurrection MORE (Wis.) and Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Redistricting reform key to achieving the bipartisanship Americans claim to want MORE (Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators introduce bill aimed at protecting Ukrainian civilians Kyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (S.C.) will also be speakers at the three-day event, which starts Thursday.
Romney tapped Ryan as his vice presidential running mate when he ran for office in 2012.
Biden "is attending because he believes in bipartisanship and the importance of keeping good lines of communication open across the aisle," spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield told the AP.
Biden launched American Possibilities PAC, a new political action committee, last week, creating buzz about a possible 2020 presidential bid. The PAC will allow Biden to fundraise for candidates, further develop donor relationships and cover travel-related costs. In recent public appearances, Biden has said he's not running, but speculation about his future continues.
Romney regularly criticized then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, but he later worked to repair their relationship after the election, even being considered as a possible contender for secretary of State.
President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE reportedly declined an invitation to attend Romney’s annual conference, which has featured other top Democrats in the past such as former chief Obama strategist David Axelrod.