Moline, Illinois (CNN) - As he prepared to kick off a three-day bus tour through Iowa, Mitt Romney sought to lower expectations in the state where he has played a game of wait-and-see for several months.
"I want to do well in all the states and get a good start, but I really can't set expectations," Romney said at a New Hampshire stop Tuesday morning. "A couple of weeks ago I was a distant third in Iowa and you just don't know what's going to happen in this process."
An American Research Group poll conducted Dec. 19 – 22 showed Romney in second place among likely Republican caucus-goers, trailing leader Texas Rep. Ron Paul by one point.
Romney has made only scattered visits to Iowa since entering the race this summer, after he invested heavily in the state during the 2008 cycle but placed a disappointing second.
"I don't think there's any must-win state for anybody," Romney said in New Hampshire.
His campaign has only one Iowa state office, in Des Moines.
However, a SuperPAC supportive of Romney's candidacy has aired over a million dollars in television advertisements in Iowa.
Wow – he's starting to look really old and tired. Can he take the pace once it picks up and the REAL campaign gets started?
Alot of people have "low expectations" of your hole campaign Willard. lol
@ GI Joe
"Old and tired" you say? I wish ALL 64-year-old men looked so "old and tired"!
Gee, he's beginning to realize he probably won't win, so now he's trying to spin it. Good luck with that, Mitt.
By now, the Republican primary voters already have lowered expectations. No one of these Candidates will be acceptable to non-hard liners. Thank good ness for the Tea Party for kicking out legitimate establishment Republicans and anyone else with any common sense.
Romney … you have been running for President for a long time and by now we know they just do not like you. I expect that the general electorate is not going to like you either. Independents will not trust you with the economy. For too long the top 1% have been talking pay too much off the backs of the hardworking middle class, with the help of the federal Government that has tilted the playing field in their favor, and leaving way too little for the rest with the direct result of the economy being stalled. All the Dems have to do is show the one picture of you with money in your mouth making hey over the money you pocketed by selling off by greedily dismantling companies and selling their assets.
Here is a Complete Listing of VFW Posts in Iowa.
I'm sure Mitt and his five sons have a lot to say about courage , honer and duty.
Q: What makes the sound of flop-flip...flop-flip..?
A: Mittens walking backwards.....
I'll tell you where you WON'T win liar–and that is California. We hate you here and can't wait for your demise.
Does anyone else notice that CNN has tried and is still trying to smear all of the candidates except Mitt Romney? Sounds fishy to me, yet without a shred of evidence, only conjecture. They smeared Herman Cane without a shred of evidence and virtually destroyed a decent man, they are smearing Rick Perry and Newt without a shred of evidence and now they are trying to smear Ron Paul who is perhaps the farthest thing from a racist that you could possibly get. They did the same thing to Palin and Bachmann. It appears that they are not doing the same to Mitt Romney which only leads me to believe that there must be a reason. Why is that? I would probably never have voted Palin, Bachman, Perry or Newt but it is very obvious who CNN wants to be president. The media cannot and will not choose the next America president because "We the People" is not a corporation, "We the People" are America. Ron Paul 2012.
Mitt Romney have no chances to be coming President 2012 and beat Obama because he back then supported Abortion now pro-life, raised taxes on rich now believe no tax on rich, he is boses of big corporations and flipflop
Does anyone else notice that CNN has tried and is still trying to smear all of the candidates except Mitt Romney?
Nope. Most of the articles are about the 'front runner' and Romney hasn't been the 'front runner' for some time. The articles are about the attacks launched by other candidates against other candidates. You need to dial it back several months. Romney has kept his head below the trench, [meaning that he has kept his mouth shut when it comes to negative campaigning], watching the shots fire back and forth over his head.
Nobody likes Mitty. I like his complaints about how tough his year in France was. Perhaps he might have recalled other men his age were in Vietnam.
But Romney is the best clown in the GOP "clown car", so who better to drive the car over a cliff.
Scott – Ron Paul is a nut and no one wants Mitt for President either.
who cares about California.. Us other states hate you California and all your hippies. Can't wait for your demise....
You have seen the light. Iowa is for Ron Paul .
Romney is out of touch with the conservatives and just as much a crook as obama.
So much hate for a decent person. Ya he made some money, since when is that illegal? Romney will be fine in 2012. Just worry about Obama before you talk about our guy.
Newt and Romney now lowers expectation in Iowa. Both of them, however, REALLY want to win. Lowering your expectation only saves embarrassment in case they lose. This whole circus is not even amusing anymore!!
Right on, Scott. The so-called "liberal" media is just another cabal of corporate elitists and they want Flipper the Neocon to start a war with Iran. Same thing happened with GWB. And Rove is the puppetmaster for both.
@ Woman in California
What an absolutely hateful message. What gives you the right to speak for the entire state of California?