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Politics / CAMPAIGN 2012

Who Says Politics Is Soul Crushing? Mitt Romney Elated on the Trail -- PICTURES

photo of Brian Resnick
September 20, 2012

Here at National Journal, we look through a lot of wire photos of the candidates. On any given day, we'll scroll through dozens of shots from the trail, searching for that perfect picture to illustrate our stories. But amid the usual portraits of Romney, Obama, et al., standing at podiums, holding babies, and disembarking planes, are some gems: instances when usually composed political players are caught in a candid moment.

Here are our favorite shots of Romney just enjoying the moment. In the spirit of bipartisanship, a similar gallery of Obama will follow.

Maybe they're old friends?(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Who wouldn't be happy about cake?(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

He and running mate Paul Ryan have a lot of inside jokes.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


Mitt prefers the full, open-mouth smile when meeting with voters.(AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

You can't not smile when you're on a Jet Ski.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Politics aside, Romney has great teeth.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


At the Republican National Convention: Bravo!(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Romney sneaks in a "normal day" of buying hardware while being followed by a press pool.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Right back at you!(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)


(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nothing's quite as satisfying as a father's approval.(AP Photo)

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