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Mitt Romney Family

January 4, 2012 by staff 

Mitt Romney FamilyMitt Romney Family, Mitt Romney kept it coy with Iowa to the end.Even in his final hours of caucus campaigning Tuesday in and around Des Moines, the former Massachusetts governor made a lower-key play for Iowans’ support compared with four years ago when he finished second to Mike Huckabee. Romney’s Tuesday was dominated by TV interviews rather than personal appearances in front of Iowans.

The candidate pulled off a win in the Iowa GOP caucus, besting Rick Santorum by just eight votes.

Last time around, Romney preferred a canine strategy in 2008 – dogging Iowa voters from diner to diner around the state and even sending his third-born son, Josh, on a summertime odyssey through all 99 counties to see the world’s largest truck stop, bull and catfish and to toss a ball at the “Field of Dreams” near Dyersville.

This cycle, Romney’s mindset seemed more catlike; Iowa had been the half-dead mouse that either would become his figurative first-in-the-nation snack, or, if it escaped his grasp, could be chalked up to finicky nonchalance.

Josh said Tuesday that he spent last summer campaigning out West – Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona – rather than in Iowa.

But Romney in recent days did indulge in belated, last-minute Iowa barnstorming. Another son, Matt, characterized the effort and voter response Tuesday as “a nice crescendo here towards the end.”

Romney’s pre-results push began at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, with his sole official rally at the Temple for Performing Arts in downtown Des Moines. An audience of about 100 was surrounded by a swarm of media in the renovated Masonic temple.

Romney took the stage decked out in a literal blue-collar outfit: blue button-down shirt beneath a blue V-neck sweater plus blue jeans. Wife Ann, introduced as “the Mitt Stabilizer,” invoked her “Welsh grandfather, who worked in the coal mines” as a working-class touchstone.

There were to be no bold predictions – just Tagg observing that the campaign might last another two weeks (if his father wins Iowa and New Hampshire) or could drag on for six months.

When introducing four of his sons who had joined

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