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June 14. 2011 7:39PM

A nominee already? Romney skips ahead

Mitt Romney did a good job at Monday night’s Republican presidential debate. But not that good.

The former Massachusetts governor used his previous presidential campaign experience to come across as polished and presidential in the debate. It helped that his opponents refused to go after him, preferring instead to play nice and criticize President Obama. It’s a lot easier to win a contest when the other side isn’t playing too hard. But Romney apparently let his good night go to his head.

Like a smart candidate, Romney stayed in New Hampshire and did some retail campaigning on Tuesday. In the morning he stopped at Benson Lumber and Hardware in Derry. There, he chatted with Brad Benson, owner of the company. According to CNN, Romney had this to say to Benson:

“I will probably be back in four years. Only this time it will be a larger group and I will probably have Secret Service.”

Governor, you won a debate, not an election.

Maybe he was kidding. At a stop in Manchester, he projected the more humble demeanor that often characterizes his conversations with voters in New Hampshire. National Review Online reported that someone asked to take a photo with him. His response: “If I win, you can save it, and I’ll sign it. If I lose, just press delete.” Nice. However, at the same event, he told people to vote for him in “November” before realizing his mistake and correcting himself. Hmmm.

Gov. Romney, the candidate without a necktie, might be forgetting that Granite Staters prefer hard-working and humble to high-falutin’ and haughty. It would serve him well to remember.


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