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Up up and away: A flight on Mitt Force 1

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Mitt Romney talks to reporters on his campaign charter plane yesterday

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Exposing organisational skills that might fall short of what you would expect from someone aspiring to be president, Newt Gingrich could be found navigating the highways of Virginia yesterday on the hunt for enough signatures to get him on the ballot for the state's primary election in early March.

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