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Romney Says Presidential Campaign Good Way to Make New Friends

December 30, 2011

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Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Running for president is a good way to make new friends.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, in his second bid for the White House, said so at a campaign stop today in Mason City, Iowa.

‘‘Is it hard running for the president?” eight-year-old Ben Navratil asked the Republican candidate.

“The answer is yes, and no,” Romney responded. “Ha, ha, ha,” he added. ”Sounds like a politician, I apologize.”

Romney, who also sought his party’s nomination in 2008 and leads in a poll ahead of Iowa’s premier nominating caucuses on Jan. 3, said it’s difficult to wake up early each morning after staying in a different hotel every night.

Still, he called running for president “the greatest opportunity” to meet new people and make new friends.

“So if you get the chance to do it, make sure and do it,” Romney said. “Win or lose, it’s a great thing to do.”

--With assistance from Jonathan D. Salant in Washington. Editors: Ann Hughey, Don Frederick

To contact the reporter on this story: Lisa Lerer in Cedar Falls, Iowa, at

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