But the event will give a less mainstream contender like Paul, son of Libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul, who also ran against Romney last time, a chance to show donors "he's someone they could do business with."
Ryan is likely to focus at the event on his budget expertise as the author of a proposal to balance federal spending by slashing many government programs, especially entitlements.
University of Iowa political science professor Tim Hagle said of the three Republicans attending the retreat, Rand Paul may be the closest to running. Paul recently made several appearances in Iowa, traditionally the first state to vote in presidential races.
Hagle said the opportunity to woo supporters at the event "could be important. I don't know that it's essential" since this early in the election cycle it's far from certain who may end up in the race.
Scala said Romney, who was described by The Wall Street Journal on Friday as "putting a tentative foot back onto the public stage" by hosting the retreat, "seems like he's trying to make his aims modest."
Much of Romney's influence on the GOP, Scala said, will come from his ties to donors. Romney told The Wall Street Journal he plans to campaign for 2014 candidates but won't "be bothering the airwaves with a constant series of speeches."
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