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Wilson, Wyoming (CNN) – Mitt Romney raised more than $4 million Thursday at a reception hosted by former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee traveled to Wyoming Thursday to attend the fundraisers held at the Teton Pines Country Club where Cheney and his wife Lynne own a home.
Less than four months after undergoing a heart transplant, the former vice president looked "hale and hearty in an open-collared pink shirt," according to a reporter who was allowed to cover the event on behalf of other media organizations,
When he introduced Romney, Cheney referred to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 that occurred during the Bush administration as the type of event a president can never be prepared for but tests their character.
"You go through the campaigns and study the history books and talk to the experts. Sooner or later there is going to be a big surprise. Usually a very unpleasant one," he told hundreds gathered under a white tent on a driving range of an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course.
Cheney added, "And thats when you really find out what kind of leader your president is and I'm convinced that in addition to all of these other qualifications that you all know about, when I think about the kind of individual I want in the Oval Office in that moment of crisis, who has to make those key decisions, some of them life and death decisions, some of them decisions as the commander in chief who has the responsibility of sending our young men and women into harm's way - that man is Mitt Romney."
Romney praised Cheney for his decades of service in Washington at the reception, which was open to a handful of reporters. No cameras were allowed at the event.
"How many years he could have spent here fly fishing and hunting and just enjoying the beauty," Romney said. "Instead he went back to Washington and served year after year after year - and not always in ways that achieved a lot of visibility and at times when he achieved visibility, sometimes not the visibility he wanted. But in each case put his country foremost in his life, and to do that and to bring up a family in that setting is something which I respect and admire and this is a great American leader and I appreciate the fact that Wyoming was willing to give him to the United States of America.”