Authors: Rebecca Fenton
(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- Mitt Romney spoke to a group of high-dollar donors at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Pentagon City neighborhood of Arlington, Va., Wednesday evening, poking fun at President Obama’s newly unveiled campaign slogan, “Forward,” remarking, “Forward, what, over the cliff?”
“His new slogan is: Progress. No, forward. Forward! That’s it! Progress would be better. I might use that one myself, actually,” Romney said.
The fundraiser, where donors could pay anywhere from $2.500 to $10,000, depending on the access they wanted to the candidate, marked the first of its kind in which the campaign allowed access by the media. Traditionally, presumptive presidential nominees open their fundraisers to the media.
Two print reporters were allowed inside the hotel on behalf of the rest of the national print journalists, but they were only able to hear Romney’s remarks at the general reception. They could not gain access to several smaller meetings the presumptive GOP candidate had with donors who forked over the most money.
No television networks were permitted to attend, but instead were kept at bay outside the hotel, relegated to a sidewalk across the street.
Romney was accompanied by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, another Romney supporter, was also at the event, as was senior adviser, Ed Gillespie, and Romney’s policy director, Lanhee Chen.
Romney’s newly appointed Virginia state director, Sara Craig, attended, as well.
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