Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) - On Thursday, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made his first appearance in Iowa since August.
And at a town hall meeting on the campus of Morningside College in Sioux City, the former Massachusetts governor was pressed on his commitment to the leadoff caucus state.
A questioner said he was disappointed with the "vitriol" and "hyperbole" from the other GOP candidates and pointedly asked Romney: "Are you here in Iowa today, and is your campaign here in Iowa today to finally give the people of Iowa an alternative to that?"
"Yes," Romney responded.
"I want to get the support of Iowans," he added. "I am in Iowa, this not my first trip to Iowa as you know. And I will be here again and again."
Romney is at or near the top of polls in Iowa despite only making two trips to the state this year. That's a departure from his 2008 campaign, when he staked his candidacy on a win here.
"I would love to win in Iowa, any of us would," Romney said. "So I will campaign here. I intend to campaign in all the early states at least, maybe all the states at some point."
Romney has two more stops planned in western Iowa on Thursday.