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Press Conferences Not Obama's Cup of Tea

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- While some critics complain President Obama spends too much of the government's money, what he doesn't spend is a lot of time giving press conferences.

According to presidential scholar Martha Joynt Kumar, Obama has given 79 pressers during his first term in office.  Obama said that his press conference on Jan. 14 was the last one he'll do until after his second inauguration on Monday.

How does the president stack up against the three previous commanders in chief?  He certainly wasn't as anxious to meet the press in Term One as George W. Bush, who appeared 89 times, Bill Clinton, who held 133 pressers and the all-time winner, George H.W. Bush, with 142 press conferences.

However, Obama did give about three times as many as the late Ronald Reagan did during his first four years in office.

According to historian Kumar, press conferences "represent an important opportunity to explain their policies and their actions, as well as their goals."

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Romney Avoids Reporters; No Press Conference in Two Weeks

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Mitt Romney has not taken questions from reporters in a press conference for nearly two weeks, the longest stretch he has gone without doing so since early November.

The former Massachusetts governor last held a press conference in Atlanta on Feb. 8, and has not done so again since. 

In the fall, Romney went more than two weeks in between press conferences, holding one on Oct. 26 in Virginia and not doing so again until Nov. 11 in South Carolina.

At the beginning of January, he would hold near-daily press conferences, during one stretch holding one on Jan. 9, 11, 12, and 17.

Romney has, of course, maintained a public campaign schedule, including town halls and tele-town halls where he solicits questions from voters.  He has also done several local news interviews.

In contrast, Sen. Rick Santorum held press conferences on Feb. 9, 15 and 18, while Newt Gingrich has held four press conferences since Feb. 13.

A spokesman for Romney's campaign had no comment.

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Chris Christie Schedules Press Conference; 2012 Decision Coming?

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Chris Christie will not run for president, according to an ABC News source with direct knowledge of the New Jersey governor’s thinking.

Christie, a Republican, has long said he’s not ready to run, but had reconsidered in recent weeks and there was speculation he could make a late entrance into the race.

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(TRENTON, N.J.) -- Chris Christie’s office has announced that the New Jersey governor will hold an afternoon news conference Tuesday, amid speculation that his decision on a presidential run is imminent.

The press conference, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at the governor’s office in Trenton, was added to Christie’s schedule just before 9:30 a.m.

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