Romney funding tops $1M in Arizona
By Chris Kahn
The Associated Press
June 21, 2007
Romney / Lichfield news ...
GILBERT — Former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney has topped $1 million in contributions in Arizona, the
home state of presidential rival Sen. John McCain, Romney campaign
officials said Wednesday.
McCain's campaign spokesman, Danny
Diaz, dismissed the announcement by the Romney campaign, saying
McCain has raised more than twice that amount in Arizona.
"We've also done well raising money
in Massachusetts," Diaz said. "Senator McCain has been elected and
re-elected in Arizona time and time again."
Romney is expected to add another
$175,000 after speaking to 250 supporters at a fundraiser Wednesday
night in Gilbert, a rapidly growing town east of Phoenix. Romney
called McCain a "terrific senator and American hero," but he
differed with McCain on a number of key issues.
"My expectation is that I'll see
him in a number of debates, but when it is all said and done, I'll
win the prize," Romney said. Jason Rose, state director of Romney's
campaign in Arizona, said McCain's support for an immigration reform
bill has been tough for some Arizona Republicans to stomach.
The bill combines tougher border
security with an eventual path to citizenship for millions of
illegal entrants. Romney has said the immigration reform measure
"falls short of a workable solution to an important problem."