Romney "just teasing the girls" 

Two diners, a hardware shop and a feed store.

Those were Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney's campaign stops Tuesday morning, just hours removed from emerging unscathed from the GOP debate in Manchester — each place seemingly more folksy than the last.

The former Massachusetts governor was in full-blow retail politicking mode, talking Bruins hockey and yes, even those darn mosquitos — apparently, it's been a rough year for them.

By far, the strangest moment of the morning came as Romney posed in front of a jukebox with four waitresses at Mary Ann's Diner in Derry.

Before the picture was snapped, he jumped up, declaring: "Oh, my goodness," as if a waitress had grabbed his rear. Turns out, none of the waitresses were getting frisky.

"I was just teasing the girls," Romney said.

Who says Romney is too stuffy to be president?

As for actual news, Romney continued to differentiate his health care plan from President Obama's, a topic fellow GOP contenders did not press him on during Monday night's debate.

"I think all of us have the same view ... for health care going forward," Romney said. "I'm not running for governor of Massachusetts. I'm running for president of the United States."

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