Romney, Obama teams prepare for transfer of presidential power, just in case
Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt leads Mitt Romney's 'Readiness Project'
It's long been standard protocol for presidential hopefuls to prepare for months before inauguration. In 2010, Obama signed legislation encouraging candidates to start early by giving them access to government resources as soon as they accept their party's nomination, which usually happens in late summer of an election year.
Romney's team also has sought advice from Clay Johnson, who led George W. Bush's transition in 2000.
Eight years later, Bush assigned a team in early 2008 — almost a year before his second term ended — to ensure that whoever won the election that November would have what they needed for a smooth handover, said Dana Perino, his press secretary.
"There was an emphasis on national security, of course, because terrorists tend to strike when they think your attention might be focused on something else," Perino said.
Romney's skill in managing large bureaucracies — he made millions acquiring and turning around major companies — may come in handy. Those involved in the transition said they weren't surprised that Romney already has set up a corporation-like structure.
If Romney wins, the already bustling pace of his transition will intensify overnight. His campaign operatives, confined for now to the campaign trail and his Boston campaign headquarters, will descend on Washington and mesh with a transition team eager to put their planning into action.
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