Former VP Cheney lends a bit of his GOP star power to Romney

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney is using his popularity with Republican conservatives to give a boost to Mitt Romney, hosting a fundraiser for the party's likely nominee at a mountain valley resort as well as a private dinner at his Wyoming home.

Romney has avoided appearing in public with Cheney or with former President George W. Bush. Both are seen as divisive figures by many of the swing voters Romney needs to win the presidency.

The fundraiser and dinner Thursday evening at the resort town of Jackson, Wyo., represent a welcome endorsement for Romney, who is eager to win over more of the party's base.

Cheney's daughter Liz plans to attend Thursday's fundraiser. She recently bought a house in Wyoming, sparking questions about whether she plans to run for office.

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