Top GOP leaders to meet at exclusive Utah resort
(CBS News) Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is hosting a meeting of the minds this weekend for dozens of Republican heavy hitters. They're getting together in Utah and their focus is how to win the White House.
Romney gave this big speech on immigration Thursday. He's hoping to make inroads with Hispanics, a group that tends to vote Democratic and went big for President Obama. He told Latino officials from around the country the president isn't delivering on his old campaign promises and they have options.
He said, "I believe he's taking your vote for granted. You do have an alternative."
But Friday, Romney switches gears as he heads to Park City, Utah, for a meeting with top Republican leaders and donors.
The three-day retreat at the exclusive Deer Valley Resort includes a who's-who of powerful Republican figures, like 2008 Republican nominee John McCain, Former President George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Also expected are top Republican donors, including casino developer Sheldon Adelson and Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone.
When they meet with Romney and his wife Ann, the attendees are expected to focus on the message needed to defeat the president, the economy and next week's Supreme Court ruling on the president's health care law.
A big question is how the ruling could affect the campaign, and how Republicans will react.
(CBS News chief political director John Dickerson discussed the significance of the summit on "CBS This Morning." Watch that in the video below.)
House Speaker John Boehner - who's not expected to attend the Romney retreat - warned Republicans Thursday not to overplay a Supreme Court victory. In a memo, he said, "There will be no spiking of the ball. Republicans are focused on the economy. ... We will not celebrate at a time when millions of Americans remain out of work."
What's unusual about this weekend's sort of secret summit is the access that these donors are getting to Romney. Big-time donors always have access to the candidate and the campaign, but this is different. This is a much more organized and efficient way of just getting everybody together, all at one time.
Watch CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford's full story in the video above.
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