Jan 07 - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hosts a spaghetti dinner in New Hampshire as he inches ahead in the polls. Rough cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hosted a dinner in New Hampshire on Friday (January 6), urging his supporters to help him stay in the lead. At a school hall in the town of Tilton, Romney addressed the room which was filled with local residents and the media. Reacting to the rivalry between him and other Republican candidates, he said, "It is my priority to get this president out of office and if I'm not the nominee, I will be supporting our nominee and working for him. I will work hard for our nominee." "If there's a candidate who thinks this campaign is about them, they're wrong. This campaign is about America," he said. His comments were well received as the audience erupted in applause, but there was also a small group of protesters from the "Occupy" movement who questioned his promises of creating more jobs. As Romney's speech drew to a close and he left the hall, they chanted, "Romney made millions from bankrupting companies." Romney has surged to the front of the Republican pack in South Carolina, a poll said earlier on Friday, a sign that the former governor could emerge as a formidable front-runner from the first phase of the nomination race. Since finishing narrowly behind Romney in Iowa, Santorum has also moved ahead of Newt Gingrich and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman in the New Hampshire survey. One percent of the New Hampshire voters surveyed backed Rick Perry, and 15 percent were undecided. The New Hampshire poll was based on telephone interviews of 500 likely voters in the Republican primary and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.