Mitt Happens

It’s been interesting to compare the operations of the candidates this election cycle. Take Mitt Romney, for example — It’s no secret that the former governor of Massachusetts has a lot of money. That translates into an operation that is basically already set up for a national campaign, while the rest of his competition is campaigning more or less at the grassroots level with much smaller budgets.

The second stop on my New Hampshire tour Sunday featured a Romney rally at Exeter High School. The polish and set up was far beyond anything I had seen from any other candidates. Having only covered previous presidential campaigns after they had reached the national level, this reminded me of those events in terms of production.

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, walks behind the stage with New Jersey governor Chris Christie at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, walks behind the stage with New Jersey governor Chris Christie at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- New Jersey governor Chris Christie, with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), delivers his endorsement speech for former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- New Jersey governor Chris Christie, with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), delivers his endorsement speech for former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- Supporters of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney cheer to drown out Occupy movement protesters at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- Supporters of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney cheer to drown out Occupy movement protesters at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)


1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney listens to his wife Ann Romney's remarks at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney listens to his wife Ann Romney's remarks at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- Supporters rush to meet Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- Supporters rush to meet Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is ushered out of a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is ushered out of a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

And of course, at an event where the staff tries to make sure you see exactly what they want you to see, it’s nice to see something unscripted happen. This poor kid was struggling and squirming big time the whole event!

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- A young attendee yawns as former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the audience at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/8/2012 -- EXETER, N.H. -- A young attendee yawns as former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the audience at a campaign rally at Exeter High School on Jan. 8, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

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