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Mitt Romney doesn't have a job for the first time in his adult life. That hardly means he's not working. In ways both subtle and overt, the 2008 Republican presidential contender, former Massachusetts governor, one-time Olympics chief and high-flying businessman is building toward a 2012 White House campaign by judiciously engaging and disengaging with the national debate.
On Tuesday, he's in Chicago to speak at a fundraiser for a prospective state treasurer candidate. On Wednesday, he's in Washington to headline a fundraiser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. On Thursday, he's again the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for Republicans in New York City.
"At this stage, running again is way beyond the horizon," said Romney, 62. "This year is working on a book. The next year will be helping in Republican campaigns. And I don't know what the year after that will bring."
A year ago, Romney "There's nothing like going around the track once to broaden the field," Matalin said. "He has an intellectual base. He has a politics-faith base. He certainly has an economic base. If there's anything illogical about it, it's that he — and not some of the other people who may appeal more strongly to one of those elements — has the greatest potential to pull all those factions together."was little more than one of the 10 vanquished contenders on the road to the Republican presidential nomination. McCain won after an especially nasty Florida battle with Romney.
"It showed Mitt Romney to be a team player who was committed to the cause, and in doing so, he endeared himself to parts of the party that he may not have previously endeared himself to,"