Romney takes rare time out to banter with press!/evanvucci/status/214872164145442816

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney took some time this evening to shoot the breeze with the press corps on his campaign plane, hours after the debunked Wawa controversy.

He talked about the airplane:

Romney continues to be surprised by nice campaign travel digs. Jokes to reporters that this plane "must have been paid for by the AP"

— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) June 18, 2012

He's right in that its a gorgeous plane. Flight attendant says they flew U2 on US tour, and the Boston Bruins during NHL season. #Embedlife

— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) June 19, 2012

The books he’s reading:

Romney said campaign's pace – the most aggressive it's been in a while – has been exhilarating. But he's glad for a bit of time to read now

— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) June 19, 2012

Hoping for a sci-fi pick, I asked Romney what he's reading. Currently, George Friedman's The Next 100 Years and a Vince Flynn novel.

— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) June 19, 2012

What an electoral victory in Michigan would mean:

Romney to reporters on campaign plane: "If I win in Michigan, I become the president, and that means a lot personally,"

— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) June 18, 2012

And, most bizarrely, the trees:

Romney tells his press corps to be sure to look around when we land in Michigan and we'll see "the trees are the right height."

— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) June 19, 2012

Romney to the traveling press corps on plane to Michigan: "When we land, look around and you'll see the trees are the right height."

— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) June 18, 2012

The Romney campaign has been famously tight-lipped around reporters, even going so far as to turn the music up when Romney’s on the rope line shaking hands with the audience so the press doesn’t overhear any potentially embarrassing exchanges.  Naturally, the reporters were curious to know more about what happens on the rope line and Romney indulged them with a little playful banter:

The press corps calls it the ropeline, but Romney tells us to him its the "advice line" where lately he hears a lot about #Veepstakes

— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) June 19, 2012

Romney says best advice he's gotten on ropeline is "Stop trying to be like yourself, be someone else….Just don't be you! Just kidding."

— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) June 19, 2012

Guess what’s said on the rope line, stays on the rope line.  At least for now.

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