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?