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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) stopped by the Iowa Pork Producers tent here at the state fair to flip a few porkchops and handicap his chances at tomorrow's Ames Straw poll.

Sporting an apron that read "Mitt Romney: Not a Blah Cook", Romney -- dressed in a white long sleeve button down shirt and tan slacks -- stood over the black cast iron stove surrounded by a horde of reporters and cameramen.

Asked whether he needed to finish first or second in the Straw Poll, Romney said: "I want to win." And what if he didn't? "I only like to think about success."

Romney is widely expected to finish first in tomorrow's vote as he has spent more than seven figures in the runup to the event; the latest is a commercial featuring Romney that reminds voters not to forget Ames.

Romney's handicapping of the straw poll went slightly better than his porkchop flipping. He dropped a porkchop on the ground, shoveled it back up and returned it to the grill even as one of the chefs yelled "Don't put it back on the grill!"

Romney was accompanied by his wife, Ann, as well as four of his five sons as well as seven grandkids; the group created quite an entourage as Romney wound around the Pork Producers tent, seemingly unaffacted by the blazing heat.

Later this afternoon, Romney is scheduled to take to a stack of hay bales for a "soapbox" speech -- a rite of passage for aspiring presidential candidates. We''ll have more on what he says later on The Fix.

And, in case you were wondering, here's The Fix's food intake so far at the fair:

2 pork chops (one on a stick)
1 fried Oreo

On deck: a corn dog, a turkey leg and a funnel cake.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2007; 2:54 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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