Lancaster, New Hampshire (CNN) – As his campaign bus wound along the twisting roads of New Hampshire's north country Thursday, Mitt Romney told reporters he would not be adding a one-on-one debate to his schedule anytime soon.
Romney declined a challenge by Newt Gingrich to debate mano-a-mano, saying it would be disrespectful to leave the other GOP candidates out of a Republican forum.
"Until it's narrowed down and other people are no longer part of the process, and hopefully if I'm still part of the process, I'm going to keep respecting others and keep debating on the schedule that we have," Romney told members of the media at a farm and hardware store in Lancaster.
However, Romney said he did expect the field to winnow as voters began to head to the polls.
"It'll probably narrow down at some point to two, maybe three people, as it did last time," Romney said. "It may well be Speaker Gingrich and myself and we'll get that chance."
Gingrich laid down the challenge at a campaign event Wednesday, after Romney charged the former House speaker should not complain about negative ads run against him.
On a long day filled with mostly retail politicking, Romney stopped to address members of the press who are tracking his progress through the state by bus.
The former chief of a venture capital firm said he did not plan to release his tax returns, saying he had released the "pretty extensive" information that was required by law.
"We don't have any current plans to release tax returns, but never say never," Romney said. "We'll see what the future holds."
The campaign has estimated Romney's personal wealth at between $190 and $250 million.
Elsewhere on his bus tour, Romney crossed off items on his Christmas shopping list and pumped gas into his campaign bus on a trek into New Hampshire's north country.
In Littleton, the candidate bought a white puffer coat for his wife Ann at an outdoor clothing store.
Many miles down the road, Romney filled up his campaign coach's gas tank at Lowe's Store in Randolph. In the mini-market, the candidate jokingly offered to buy an antique car from the owners.
The shopkeeper suggested Romney might offer $10,000 - a light-hearted reference to a bet the former governor had offered Rick Perry.
"That's way too expensive for my taste," Romney laughed.
The Romney campaign announced it was releasing an ad in New Hampshire in which the candidate said fiscal discipline is a "moral responsibility."
The ad previously ran in Iowa.
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Romney said that ten thousand dollars was way too expensive for his taste. ??? The man is pulling down over 30 million per year in his retirement from Bain Capital. He gets that for life, folks.
Let's put his remark in perspective. Divide that $30 million by one thousand, and you get, lo an behold, $30,000, which is what many part time workers almost make per year. Now divide that ten thousand dollar bid by one thousand, lo and behold you get ten bucks. So, Romney is telling average Americans on average incomes that he cannot afford to pay ten bucks to buy a car. Do you believe him?
Oh give Mitt a break... He's unemployed, remember? I just hope, for the good of us all, he stays that way...
He's on a bus? Really? I hope the dog is on the inside of it....
This is that Rove and the Kochs anointed to beat Obama? I don't think so.
Flipper is already a robot. Why can't he do the Transformer thing and be the bus himself?
"Scaredy Cat!!!" But Romney does have a point – Newt is always trying to pull everyone to him to try and PROVE he is "better" than them in his so-called "Douglas-Lincoln style debates." It's OLD!!!
Obama 2012 – Debate him when it's time and see how far you get!
House republicans ignoring senate republicans, details on real media at six.
Between Mittens attacking his own party candidates, and the house republicans ignoring foreign owned media, Fox, and the senate republicans; the party of Cheney/Bush will never be able to unite all America.
Gingeritch is acting like a child – a seventy year old teenager who just got put in his place by some one he feels is "beneath him". Repubs always talk trash from a safe distance then whine about being the victim when called out for their misdeeds. Newt's history is really crappie and easy to expose so of course he wants to act like he's “above” negative campaigning. He’s a typical self-serving punk.
Nva Native wrote:
Repubs always talk trash from a safe distance then whine about being the victim when called out for their misdeeds.
There's a phrase that describes that whine, which all of them have mastered. It's called false indignation.
"I'm running for office, for pete's sake" and "corporations are people too, my friend" Myth Romney is scared of a little one on one debate with Newt Gingrinch!
It's easy for Myth Romney to hide behind Karl Rove and his Super PACs thugs throwing fire bombs at fellow GOPers and sh$t scared to defend his attacks one on one!!!
Myth Romney is being given a pass by the news media and has been annointed by the GOP elite...this guy has never worked a day in his life other than spouting off who is your daddy and living off of his father's wealth!!!!