Mitt Romney, now with press pool in tow, goes grocery shopping

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Mitt Romney goes grocery shopping: A pool of reporters and photographers grab a glimpse of Romney as he runs errands Aug. 6 in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Mitt Romney goes grocery shopping: A pool of reporters and photographers grab a glimpse of Romney as he runs errands Aug. 6 in Wolfeboro, N.H.

By Philip Rucker

Posted: Aug. 7, 2012

Mitt Romney, welcome to the bubble.

On Monday morning, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said goodbye to what little remained of his personal privacy. He now has what’s known as a protective pool — a small group of reporters and photographers who follow him every time he leaves his home, even when he’s running routine errands.

Naturally, then, Romney’s quick stop at a hardware store here turned into a mini media circus. Photographers snapped pictures through a window of him checking out at the register. Reporters wanted to know what he bought. And the candidate didn’t give up much: “Hardware stuff,” he said.

Three minutes later, Romney was at a grocery store, where reporters analyzed his shopping-cart bounty for clues about what he might be up to on his day off at his lakefront vacation home here.

Twelve-packs of Caffeine-Free Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi Wild Cherry? He must have house guests. Greek yogurt? He’s trying to be healthy. Two ears of native sweet corn? He must be cooking himself dinner.

Read More: WashingtonPost.com

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