Hopkinton, New Hampshire (CNN) - After the Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress thrust the topic of Mitt Romney's Mormon faith into the headlines over the weekend, reporters trailing Romney in New Hampshire on Monday peppered the candidate with questions.
Romney was not answering.
As he waded through crowds of voters after consecutive appearances in Milford and Hooksett, some in the political press pack tried to get Romney to comment on the controversy.
Romney kept silent and focused on gladhanding, as his aides shouted "No questions."
A spokesman for the campaign, Ryan Williams, said there would be no press conference either.
At the tail end of his stop in Hooksett, though, the flurry of questions finally seemed to get under his skin.
One reporter from The Daily Caller asked Romney his thoughts on Attorney General Eric Holder's handling of the now discredited "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation.
Romney ignored him and moved on. But thirty seconds later, he came back to explain the rules.
"I do press avails and then I answer questions that are important questions in the length that I want to do but what I don't do is in a group like this is stop and rattle off questions to people just as we walk along," Romney said.
"So that way you don't get the chance to hear the full answer that I'd like to give," he continued. "So those are important questions. I'll be happy to address them in a press avail or the town meeting. But in events like this I don't take press questions because it doesn't give you or me the chance to have a full discussion of the topic."
Romney moved on, took a question from a voter, and hopped into a waiting SUV that would take him to his final event of the day, a town hall meeting in Hopkinton.