GREENVILLE– Like two prizefighters, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich circled each other warily on primary day in upcountry of South Carolina.
Wiithin 15 minutes of each other, the two candidates did meet and greets at Tommy’s Country Ham House. They shook hands, their wives joined them, and they fired up supporters. Their fans returned the favors.
Both candidates were scheduled for 10:45 at Tommy’s, and I wondered if one would blink and arrive earlier. Yes, one did.
Photos by A.V. Crofts
Romney got here at 10:10 and was gone at 10:32. Gingrich’s bus pulled in at 10:42, right on time, and stayed until 11:37.
It’s a sign of the sense on the ground here, that in the past week Gingrich has emerged as an opponent who could wrest away from the supposedly “inevitable” Romney the GOP nomination.
At minimum, a harder-edged Mitt emerged this morning. Romney exuded that vibe in these brief comments as he left his campaign office en route to Tommy’s.