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Romney Appearing in Kentucky for Fundraiser

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to vist in Kentucky on November 17 to attend a fundraiser hosted by an influential businessman who is known as the “face of coal” in the commonwealth.

The big-ticket event will be the former governor of Massachusetts’ first stop in the commonwealth during his 2012 bid for the GOP nomination to challenge President Obama.

From Pure Politics:

Romney … will appear at an evening reception at the Kentucky Aviation Museum in Lexington hosted by coal company owner Joe Craft and Republican fundraiser Kelly Knight, according to a save-the-date card for the event.

Individuals who raise at least $10,000 for Romney’s campaign qualify for a “host committee reception” with the candidate. Those who give the federal maximum of $2,500 — or $5,000 for a couple — get their picture taken with Romney at a “VIP photo reception.” And those who give $1,000 — or $2,000 per couple — can attend the general reception.

The former governor of Massachusetts has already made waves in the commonwealth for receiving the endorsement of Republican Congressmen Hal Rogers and Ed Whitefield.

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Rogers, Whitfield Endorse Romney for President

Kentucky Congressmen Hal Rogers and Ed Whitefield endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Monday, giving the former Massachusetts governor two more GOP lawmakers in his bid for the Republican nomination.

Whitfield represents the 1s District while Rogers represents the 6th District and chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Their nods of approval give Romney 31 endorsements from GOP elected members of Congress, which is a sign that he remains the establishment candidate.

From Politico:

Rogers says he’s impressed by the comprehensiveness of Romney’s economic plan, and the depth of his private sector experience. Whitfield plans to praise two elements of Romney’s Massachusetts record: balancing the budget with no tax increases and leaving the state with a Rainy Day Fund.

“They share my goals of lessening the regulatory burden on small business and getting our exploding deficits under control. They also share my goal of making our country energy independent,” Romney says in a statement.

Before Rogers and Whitfield, the only member of the state’s federal delegation to endorse a presidential candidate was U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who is supporting his father, Congressman Ron Paul, R-Tx., in the GOP primary.

The two congressmen also backed Romney for president in 2008.

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Romney Moves Closer Towards Presidential Run

Polling ahead of most Republicans, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is inching towards a presidential run by announcing he has formed an exploratory committee.

In a YouTube video taped at the University of New Hampshire, Romney focused on jobs and the economy, blaming President Barack Obama for the stalled recovery.

“How has this happened in the nation that leads the world in innovation and productivity? The answer is that President Obama’s policies have failed,” he says. “He and virtually all the people around him have never worked in the real economy. They just don’t know how jobs are created in the private sector. That’s where I spent my entire career.”

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