Dubuque, Iowa (CNN) – The boss of Mitt Romney's "readiness project" said Saturday he and his team were "building a ship that you hope will set sail" leading into Election Day.
Michael Leavitt, the former governor of Utah, has been tasked with helping Romney set up a presidential administration, should he be elected. The project began in June, when Leavitt was appointed to the role.
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Appointing a transition team before the general election is a common practice among presidential candidates, meant to ensure no president-elect is caught off guard with the requirements of becoming commander-in-chief.
Obama appointed John Podesta, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff, to lead his transition team well ahead of 2008's general election.
On Saturday, Leavitt noted there were roughly 77 days between Tuesday and Inauguration Day, giving him and his team more than two months to put a team in place if Romney winds up the victor.
Leavitt wouldn't say how long the transition team would remain in Boston, where Romney's campaign is headquartered, before moving to Washington, saying those details would come later.
Romney was traveling with many of his top aides Saturday on a campaign swing through New Hampshire, Iowa and Colorado, among them Beth Meyers, who led the GOP nominee's search for a running mate; former Bain executive Bob White; Peter Flaherty, a Boston political strategist who also worked on Romney's gubernatorial run; Russ Schriefer, a senior strategist; and Stuart Stevens, Romney's image guru.
Meyers told reporters she was on the campaign flight because the closing days of the race mark the end of a ten-year run working for Romney. She called the other advisers present her "best friends."
Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said the top staffers had been keeping it light during the campaign flights, talking about their favorite movies.
Romney's favorite? The 2000 dark comedy "O Brother Where Art Thou?" – starring (Obama supporter) George Clooney.