Mike Luo writes of a lighter moment on the trail today:
Mitt Romney, who has been urged to loosen up his stiff corporate persona a bit, made a bit of an uncharacteristic joke at his own expense Thursday morning in one of his last appearances before Republicans head to their caucus sites.
Mr. Romney, clad in a navy blue suit, starched white shirt and purple tie, spent the morning speaking to several hundred employees of Principal Financial Group, Iowa’s only Fortune 500 company.
He alluded to the tension in the final hours but appeared relaxed and even made an uncharacteristic joke at his own expense that doubled as a shot at his rival, Mike Huckabee.
“Polls show it’s just neck and neck, down to a razor wire,” he said. “Tensions are getting high and comments are being made that are really quite questionable. I just saw yesterday the chairman of Governor Huckabee’s campaign said he’d like to knock my teeth out.”
Mr. Romney paused then deadpanned: “My only comment on that is, ‘Don’t touch the hair.’ ”