Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is famous for his constrained and controlled campaign stops has unexpectedly turned into a candidate who is all too keen to jell up with the voters in extempore and impromptu settings.
Romney's recent timetable is totally different from what he had been doing in the weeks leading up to the first presidential debate. During the first 20 days of September Romney held 13 campaign events, 13 fundraisers and made 6 impromptu campaign stops. However since the first presidential debate, Romney has held many town-hall style calls, visited local restaurants and even stopped by an elementary school.
Republican sources say that the transformation is because of two major reasons.
The first is the thrust that is felt by the Romney campaign after a powerful debate performance in Denver. Onething that Republicans are considering here is that Romney may have executed the first debate pretty well, but the uneven and variable audience participation in the town hall may confuse the improvisation–shy candidate.
The second reason is next week’s “town hall-style debate” and that format plays right in to Romney’s weakness. It will be challenging for Romney because it will not feature journalists or moderator asking questions, there will be ordinary people asking questions. Therefore, he needs to gear himself up for the next presidential debate.
A Democratic official while assessing the Republican nominee's recent unexpected change said:
"Don't you assume that [the retail politics] is debate prep in itself, given that next debate is interactive town hall format?" asked one top Democratic official.
And a Republican operative when asked this question replied to Huffington post that:
"I think that's true," the operative replied. "The other thing I'd note is that if you look at that last debate, the president did not give an actual anecdote about a human until the debate was practically over. Doing these type of events provides you with those anecdotes to use."
The environment of Town Hall debate I creates much more personal dynamic when instead of standing behind a podium, the candidates sit on stools and then get up and walk as they
answer question put up to them directly by voters. You can’t dodge them or interrupt them; in fact you are judged while persuading every single individual
Town hall debate brings unpredictability with itself and that’s a threat to Mitt Romney.