Cheney To Fund-Raise For Romney

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, will host a fund-raising event for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a campaign aide confirmed Monday.

The event is scheduled for July 12 at Cheney's home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Romney's campaign has largely kept its distance from the George W. Bush administration, though last year the candidate mentioned Cheney had ideal qualities for a running mate pick.

"Whether you agree or disagree with him, this a man of wisdom and judgment, and he could have been president of the United States," Romney said at an Arizona town hall in September. "That's the kind of person I'd like to have - a person of wisdom and judgment."

Cheney has mostly stayed out of politics this cycle and underwent a heart transplant in March.

Last month, however, the former vice president offered some advice for Romney in his running mate search and emphasized the importance of the decision.

"I think the single most important criteria has to be the capacity to be president," Cheney said in remarks to students at the Washington Center. "That's why you pick them. I think lots of times in the past that has not been the foremost criteria."

News of the fundraising event also came a week after Bush made an impromptu endorsement of Romney while answering a reporter's question as he stepped onto an elevator.

"I'm for Mitt Romney," Bush said.

While Romney's campaign said they "welcomed" the endorsement, the presumptive GOP nominee rarely uses the 43rd president's name on stage, typically using the term "predecessor" instead.

Cheney's impending efforts were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

– CNN's Rachel Streitfeld, Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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