03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mitt Romney's New Favorite Word: "Serious"

Mitt Romney has added a new favorite word, freighted with meaning in the context of his back and forth with rival Mike Huckabee, to his political lexicon today: serious.

"We need leaders who will tell us the truth, who are serious, capable individuals who will deal with the challenges we have," he said at a house party in Ankeny this morning.

He offered this at another home in Johnston: "This is a serious election about serious matters."

While speaking before another gathering of supporters and others here, Mr. Romney said, "It's a serious and sober time."

Why so serious?

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