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The trouble with surrogates

From NBC/NJ's Erin McPike
Romney had great success with Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and his son, Bryan, on Friday. The same was true of Saturday, when he was traveling with former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) and his son, Michael, and attorney Jay Sekulow and his son, Jordan. But today, he was traveling with former Colorado congressman and failed gubernatorial candidate, Bob Beauprez.

Parts of Beauprez's introductions:
"I'm very, very proud of our Republican field," Beauprez said. (When Republicans feel the need to say this, it sure sounds like they are feeling insecure.)

"I tell people, 'Mitt Romney was to business what Elvis Presley was to music,'" Beauprez said. "He was a rock star; he stood out; he set a whole new standard."

But give this one a look, as it caused several reporters' eyes to dart around the room and raise their eyebrows: "Then he went to the Salt Lake Olympics -- extremely difficult circumstances -- and if it wasn't tough enough already, they threw in a little event called 9/11 on top of it to complicate matters. He pulled that off in great style."

(What would the Giuliani campaign say to the notion that 9/11 was a "little event" that was thrown in to complicate matters for Romney...?)