Travels of Former Gov. Mitt Romney—July 2012

Former Gov. Mitt Romney  |  President Barack Obama   

Romney started out the month with the annual family vacation at his summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro, NH, then returned to the fundraising trail.  Romney did speak at the NAACP Annual Convention on July 11—President Obama opted not to appear, sending the Vice President in his stead—but he received some boos for his trouble (+).  He delivered another high profile speech to the VFW national convention in Reno on July 24 (1, 2), the day after Obama addressed the gathering.  Closing the month Romney did an overseas trip, travelling to London for the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, and to Israel and Poland.  Romney's venture onto the world stage and interactions with foreign leaders offered the opportunity for a boost to his stature.  A bumpy start in London prompted a full-scale media feeding frenzy (+), and there was also some controversy about remarks he made at a fundraiser in Jerusalem.  Nonetheless, the numerous photo sprays with world leaders and images of him visiting locations such as the Western Wall and the Solidarity Monument do help convey the notion of Romney as a world leader.


Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro, NH

The Hamptons, NY
Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro, NH
Aspen, CO

Grand Junction, CO
Colorado Springs, CO

Houston, TX
Hamilton, MT

Jackson Hole, WY

Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro, NH

Baton Rouge, LA
Jackson, MS

Irwin, PA
Pittsburgh, PA

Toledo, OH
Bowling Green, OH
Canton, OH

Boston, MA

Bow, NH
Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro, NH

Woodside, CA
San Francisco, CA

Irvine, CA
Costa Mesa, CA

Reno, NV

to London



to Israel




Note: This calendar is based on publicly available information from the campaign and news accounts.  The calendar above shows cities and towns.  The listing below includes impromptu stops and other details, again based on publicly available information.  See Rationale, Methodology and Limitations.

Sun. July 1, 2012
-Family vacation at the summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro, NH.

Mon. July 2, 2012
Wolfeboro, NH.

Tues. July 3, 2012

Wolfeboro, NH.

Wed. July 4, 2012

-Participates in the Wolfeboro Fourth of July Parade.

Thurs. July 5, 2012
Wolfeboro, NH.

Fri. July 6, 2012
-Holds an event to respond to the June unemployment report, at Bradley Hardware in Wolfeboro, NH.

Sat. July 7, 2012
Wolfeboro, NH.

Sun. July 8, 2012
Three fundraisers in the Hamptons on Long Island, NY:
-Reception and lunch at Ronald Perelman's estate The Creeks in East Hampton. ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of Cliff Sobel, a former ambassador to the Netherlands and Brazil, in Southampton. ($)
-Dinner at the home of Julia and David Koch in Southampton. ($)
Returns to Wolfeboro, NH.

Mon. July 9, 2012
Concludes vacation in Wolfeboro, NH.
-Fundraising cocktail party and dinner at the home of Susan Crown and William Kunkler in Aspen, CO. ($)

Tues. July 10, 2012
-Town hall at Central High School in Grand Junction, CO.
-Tours, helps sort food items, meets with fire victims at Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO.
-Reported by AP and The Missoulian, fundraiser in Sun Valley, ID.moved to August.

Wed. July 11, 2012
-Addresses the 103rd Annual NAACP Convention in Houston, TX.
-Fundraising reception and dinner, sponsored by Charles Schwab, founder of the brokerage firm, at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton, MT. ($)

Thurs. July 12, 2012
-Fundraising receptions and dinner hosted by Vice President Dick Cheney and wife Lynne at their home at the Teton Pines Country Club in Jackson Hole, WY. ($)

Fri. July 13, 2012
Wolfeboro, NH.  Interviews with five networks ("no role whatsoever in the management of Bain Capital after February of 1999"); also with Ann does a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Sat. July 14, 2012
Wolfeboro, NH. 

Sun. July 15, 2012
Wolfeboro, NH. 

Mon. July 16, 2012
-Fundraiser with Gov. Jindal at the City Club in Baton Rouge, LA. ($)
-Fundraiser at River Hills Club in Jackson, MS. ($)

Tues. July 17, 2012
-Attends Victory rally at Horizontal Wireline Services in Irwin, PA (Westmoreland Co.).
-Evening fundraiser at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, PA. ($)

Wed. July 18, 2012
-Fundraising reception and luncheon at the Toledo Club in Toledo, OH. ($)
-Victory town hall meeting at the Bowling Green Community Center in Bowling Green, OH.
-Fundraiser at the Brookside Country Club in Canton, OH. ($)

Thurs. July 19, 2012
-Visits campaign headquarters in Boston, MA.
-Tours Middlesex Truck & Coach in Roxbury, MA.
reportedly also a fundraiser in Boston, MA...not confirmed.

Fri. July 20, 2012
-Attends Victory event at Coastal Forest Products in Bow, NH.
Wolfeboro, NH.

Sat. July 21, 2012
Wolfeboro, NH.

Sun. July 22, 2012

-Fundraising reception at the home of Tom and Stacey Siebel (he founded of Siebel Systems in 1993 and sold it to Oracle for $5.8 billion in 2005) in Woodside (San Mateo Co.), CA. ($)
-Fundraising reception at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA. ($)
-Fundraising dinner hosted by Roger Barnett, chairman and CEO of Shaklee Corp., in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA. ($)

Mon. July 23, 2012
-Fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Irvine, CA. ($)
-Small business roundtable at Endural LLC in Costa Mesa, CA.

Tues. July 24, 2012
-Addresses the 113th national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, NV.

Wed. July 25, 2012
The Romneys travel to London. 
(Does an exclusive interview with NBC News' Brian Williams).
(Mitt and Ann Romney dine at the Wolesley).

Thurs. July 26, 2012 LONDON, UK
-Meets with former Prime Minister Tony Blair, meets with Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband; tours the GREAT Pavilion Exhibit at the Foreign Office and meets with Foreign Secretary William Hague, meets with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, meets with Prime Minister David Cameron and meets with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.  Also meets with Sir John Sawers, head of MI6.
-Fundraising reception at a central location in London. ($)
-Fundraising dinner at a central location in London. ($)
(Romney stopped by the U.S. Olympic Committee Benefit Gala at USA House at the Royal College of Art).
Fri. July 27, 2012 LONDON, UK
Walks from hotel due to traffic.
-Meets with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Irish Embassy.
-Attends opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games.

Sat. July 28, 2012 LONDON, UK and JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
-Attends a swimming event at the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Games.
The Romneys travel to Israel.

Sun. July 29, 2012 JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
-Meets with U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office; meets with President Shimon Peres at his office; at the King David Hotel meets with Kadima Party leader Shaul Mofaz, meets with Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich and Isaac HerzogRomney cancelled at short notice; and meets with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
The Romneys make an unannounced visit to the Western Wall.
-Delivers foreign policy remarks to the Jerusalem Foundation at Mishkenot Sha'anamim with the Old City as a backdrop. (+)
(Dinner with Prime Minister Netanyahu).

-Fundraiser at the King David hotel in Jerusalem. ($)
Travel to Gdansk, Poland.
-Meets with Prime Minister Donald Tusk at Gdansk Old Town Hall.
-Meets with and former President Lech Walesa at Artus Court.
-Visits the World War II Westerplatte Memorial.
-Visits the Solidarity Monument in Solidarity Square.

Tues. July 31, 2012 WARSAW, POLAND
-Meets with Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski at the Foksal Palace, meets with President Bronislaw Komorowski.
-Lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
-Delivers remarks in the Hall at the University of Warsaw Library. (+)
-Visits the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes.

Ann Romney solo appearances
Wed. July 18, 2012
-Women for Romney Victory fundraising receptions with RNC co-chair Sharon Day at the Women's National Republican Club in New York, NY. ($)
Reported by, fundraiser at the home of Michele Rollins, 2010 candidate for Congress, in Greenville, DE. ($)
-Reported by, fundraiser at another private home in Greenville, DE. ($)

Thurs. July 19, 2012
-Reported by The News & Observer, fundraiser at the home of Bynum Hunter and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter (he is founder and CEO of PACE Communications) in Greensboro, NC. ($)
-Event at the Guilford County GOP headquarters in Greensboro, NC.
-Reported by the Charleston Daily Mail, fundraising reception and dinner at the offices of Jackson Kelly PLLC at Laidley Tower in Charleston, WV. ($)

Fri. July 20, 2012
-Attends opening of the Victory center on Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak, MI.cancels following the shootings in Aurora, CO.