The Republican rank-and-file is so hungry to hear presidential candidate Mitt Romney share humanizing details and anecdotes about himself that GOP voters are increasingly making their own personal appeals to that effect upon meeting Romney at rallies and other campaign-related events.
"On the campaign trail these days, voters often talk frankly of their yearning to get more from Mr. Romney," Ashley Parker wrote Friday for the New York Times. "Some Republicans seem so eager for a leader who can rouse the passions of the party faithful that they are offering advice directly to Mr. Romney, suggesting that if he revealed more of himself and made more of a human connection, he could better harness the enthusiasm of the conservative grass roots for defeating President Obama."
Coincidentally, Time magazine's political website Swampland published a story Thursday — "Mitt’s Mission in France: Then, as Now, Romney Worked Methodically to Convert Skeptics" — that details serveral telling traits Romney regularly displayed as a younger man serving a two-year LDS mission to France.
"His old friends say that Romney’s long slog to win delegates state by state bears some resemblance to the challenges he faced as a missionary in France, where every conversion was hard-won. ... Romney’s friends from his time in France, most of whom are now supporters of his presidential bid, paint a picture of a 21 year old who tackled his missionary work in a methodical, goal-oriented way."
Judging from a Thursday article in the Washington Post, though, "sharing more warm-and-fuzzy anecdotes" is probably not at the top of Romney's to-do list — because in the weeks ahead Team Romney intends to focus its energies on getting the candidate to speak out more forcefully about foreign policy.
"Romney is preparing to broaden his challenge to President Obama’s management of foreign affairs. Sensing political vulnerability in an area in which the incumbent has received his strongest public support ... Romney, cast by the Obama campaign as a foreign policy novice, is unwilling to concede the issue in what both sides say would be a close race."