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Play of the Day: Romney's Explanation

The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 21, 2007; 6:14 PM

WASHINGTON, Iowa -- Mitt Romney has a message for Iowa voters: The corn joke wasn't me.

The Republican presidential candidate found himself on the defensive Wednesday, answering questions about his campaign co-chairman's comments slighting Iowa. This week, New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg was asked about Romney rival Mike Huckabee's rise in state polls, and said he has always "viewed Iowa as being a place where they pick corn and New Hampshire being a place where we pick presidents."

The remark didn't go over well with the citizens of Iowa, which holds caucuses Jan. 3.

Questioned, Romney put the blame on Gregg.

"Well it sounds like a New Hampshire senator to me. I don't subscribe to his comment," Romney told reporters. "As you know, I've spent more time in Iowa than anyone else running for president and probably more time in Iowa than any other state. And, I'm proud of the work here in Iowa, and obviously I wouldn't have spent the time and effort here had I not believed that Iowa has a huge voice" in this election.

If Romney were upset with Gregg, it didn't last long. The senator is featured in a new Romney radio ad airing in New Hampshire in which Gregg says the country needs Romney's "can-do, get-it-done, let's-solve-the-problem optimism."

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Compiled by Amy Lorentzen

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