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Romney looks to stress family-man qualities

Refocusing the presidential campaign on the economy is written, in pen, at the top of Mitt Romney’s to-do list at this week’s Republican National Convention. His next priority, which might be nearly as important, appears to be projecting warmth and compassion, qualities that many voters look for in their candidates — but that few attribute to Romney, according to polls.

Beginning the effort two days before the weather-delayed start of the convention in Tampa, Romney put his family-man qualities on display Sunday in a television interview at his lakeside home in Wolfeboro, N.H. Romney made buttermilk pancakes with his wife, Ann, for Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace and strolled the grounds of his family’s vacation compound with a young grandson on his hip.

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