To ensure all goes as planned, Romney is trying to play it safe and avoid the verbal slip-ups that have caused him heartburn at critical times in the campaign.
He hasn't done interviews with local TV stations in weeks. His last newspaper interview, with the Columbus Dispatch editorial board, was on Oct. 10. His most recent press conference was Sept. 28.
It's a dramatic switch from September, when, trailing in polls, Romney did round after round of interviews with national TV networks as well as local affiliates and repeatedly answered questions from reporters traveling with him.
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