Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to a group of supporters during a visit Tuesday to a GOP phone bank in Terrace Park, Ohio.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition forum on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Six GOP presidential candidates attended the banquet, seeking an edge in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus.

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Mitt Romney, shown here at the Iowa State Fair in August, was back in the state on Thursday — his first visit since summer. At one point during his town hall on Thursday, he was asked why he has spent so little time in the state.

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Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leaves after addressing the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington.

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Rick Perry's parents still live on Farm Market Road 618.

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Republican presidential candidates (from left) Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry cover their hearts during the playing of the national anthem before a Republican presidential debate on Sept. 12. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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