Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan recently hosted a donor summit in Salt Lake City to introduce 2024 presidential hopefuls and gauge the support of influential Republican donors. The summit included Republican Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Ohio Governor John Kasich, and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.
Romney and Ryan both made a point to emphasize the importance of supporting the Republican party, as well as maintaining fiscal prudence and promises to restore American leadership. Attendees were told they would not comment on the event, but Romney did tweet his support for the best traditional Republican ideals.
The gathering was seen as a way for Romney and Ryan to position themselves as important players in the 2024 Republican primary and provide support to potential candidates. Romney has remained undecided on whether he’ll run for president again, but Ryan has already announced he won’t seek a second term as Speaker of the House.
The summit highlighted the competition among candidates vying for Republican donor support. The 2024 Republican primary is expected to be a crowded race with many members of the party running for the nomination, and Romney and Ryan are likely trying to establish relationships and earn favors from some of the party’s wealthiest supporters. The summit was seen as a way for the two to increase their influence among potential Republican presidential hopefuls and influence the election process moving forward.