COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA--In his first visit to Iowa in more than two months, Mitt Romney assured voters here on Thursday that he plans to spend more time in the state ahead of its first-in-the-nation caucuses in January.
"I want to get the support of Iowans. I'm in Iowa. This is not my first trip to Iowa, as you know," Romney said. "And I will be here again and again campaigning here. I want to get the support of the good people in Iowa."
"I'd love to win in Iowa, any of us would," Romney added. "I intend to campaign here."
But Romney and his advisers continued to play coy on exactly how much he will campaign in the state. As voters prepare to cast the first votes in the 2012 presidential race, a big unknown is whether Romney will make a last minute play for Iowa, in hopes of securing momentum heading into New Hampshire and other early primary states.
Romney's team is reconsidering its low-key strategy in the state because no clear frontrunner has emerged in the polls here, as Yahoo News previously reported. Romney's last visit to the state was in August, when he visited the Iowa state fair and attended a Republican primary debate. Before that, he last visited the state in May, just after he formally announced his presidential bid.
The former Massachusetts governor spent Thursday traveling through Western Iowa, home to a sizable bloc of the state's Republican voters. His first event, held at Morningside College in Sioux City, attracted more than 100 people--including dozens of bleary-eyed college students who appeared to have just rolled out of bed to attend the event.
"I hope you're getting credit for this," Rommey said to them.
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