Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, is back in the spotlight as he hosts his fourth annual E2 Summit in Deer Valley, Utah. The weekend event will kick off Friday, June 11 and run through Sunday, June 13. The original purpose of the annual summit was for Romney to maintain close ties to GOP powerbrokers. Since that time, it now has become a way to promote the party and bolster candidates. In January, Romney caused a stir by formally looking into another presidential bid. Weeks later, he bowed out of the race saying fresh new blood was needed to lead the party to victory in 2016. Insiders believed that Romney was influenced by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush unifying big establishment GOP donors behind his own prospective campaign and leaving comparatively little support for Romney.
The format will include speeches from presidential contenders and hopefuls such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Curiously, Jeb Bush was invited to attend, but declined the invitation according to Keith Mann. The summit is also a quasi-retreat with mornings being devoted to outdoor activities. Not all speakers are Republicans. Former Obama political strategist David Axelrod will address the attendees. Also, President Clinton’s former treasury secretary Larry Summers will also speak. The focus will be building the strength and leadership of the country’s future.