ABC News’ Matt Stuart reports: Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., took his campaign to the streets of Manchester Saturday, going door to door for the first time, posing for pictures and asking for votes.
Romney pushed his Iraq message, saying that it’s "going right" and "there’s more good news on the Iraq front than people have yet internalized."
Romney has become increasingly more confident regarding the surge in Iraq. At a debate in New Hampshire in September, Romney faced criticisism from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for saying that the "surge" was "apparently working." McCain responded, "Not apparently, it’s working."
On Saturday, Romney met a former Marine along the route who said that "being informed military" he was "really concerned" about the troops overseas and he wants a change. Romney disagreed with him, saying, "I’m a little more encouraged than you are," and encouraged him to "take a close look."
Romney kept the mood lighter at times. Stopping by one young couple’s house, he remarked at the large leaves on their tree, quipping, "Adam and Eve would not have looked as promiscuous if they had had leaves this big."
Along the way, he also met at least one unfriendly resident, McGuire, a Scottish Terrier who started barking as Romney knocked on the door. One reporter suggested he bring dog biscuits next time. Romney joked that he should "bring some of them out for you guys," referencing the crowd of media following him.