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Dec042011

Romney Vows ‘Performance of a Lifetime,' Takes Gingrich Questions

James Devaney/WireImage/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Committing to run a “campaign performance of a lifetime,” Mitt Romney told supporters gathered in New Hampshire Saturday that as his opponents have risen and fallen, he has been “steady throughout the storms.”

“I’ve been able to withstand the scrutiny and still remain a strong contender, I hope that continues to be the case,” Romney said at Saturday’s event, dubbed “Earn it with Mitt” by the campaign. “I believe in the final analysis, as people give a final look to this race, whether there are two contenders or eight—and by the way, it almost always comes down to two—I hope to be the last person standing.”

The campaign pre-released statistics on the events of the day—referred to as “Super Saturday,”—estimating that Romney has addressed over 3,500 people during 17 town halls since launching his campaign in June. His campaign has distributed 11,000 yard signs and made 200,000 voter contact calls. On Saturday alone, 500 volunteers were scheduled to spread out around the state and 12,000 calls to voters would be made, according to the campaign’s count. The Romney campaign has nine staffers and one consultant on its payroll in New Hampshire.

Romney spoke alongside Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a restaurant parking lot in downtown Manchester, where supporters braved the crisp weather to hear the duo speak. Romney focused nearly entirely on President Obama, steering clear of addressing Newt Gingrich’s recent rise in the polls.

Asked a few times about Gingrich, Romney did not use the opportunity to go after his opponent, saying only that “over time, the speaker will lay out his positions. I can look at those and see where we have differences.”

Romney himself took to the streets of Manchester, knocking on doors and hanging campaign flyers on doorknobs.

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