Mitt Romney: Should Iowa and New Hampshire stay at the head of the primary schedule?

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Question: Should Iowa and New Hampshire stay at the front of the primary schedule?

Mitt Romney::I do. I believe that the people in Iowa and New Hampshire are now long practiced in evaluating the candidates. They spend the time as citizens to really get to know us. And instead of making their judgments based exclusively on what’s on TV – meaning ads – they go to town meetings. They meet us on the street, and they get to know our character, and our personality, and our vision, and our values on a one-to-one basis. And that kind of process, I think, is critical. If we instead turn to some very large states, it would be impossible to do the person-to-person campaigning that’s part of the Iowa and New Hampshire process.

Recorded on: 11/26/07