Mitt Romney Overdoing It

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Mitt Romney came into the 2012 presidential race with a reputation as a stiff, humanoid robot. Consequently, he's been making a concerted effort to seem more warm and friendly when interacting with voters on the campaign trail. But there's a happy middle ground between "robotic" and "maniac on ecstasy" — a middle ground that seems to elude Romney on a regular basis.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 24:  Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters and gives autographs after a speech at the National Gypsum Company January 24, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Romney's speech was billed as a "prebuttal" to tonight's State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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ROCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 08:  Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters after he spoke at a campaign rally at the Rochester Opera House on January 8, 2012 in Rochester, New Hampshire. With days to go before the New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney is making a final campaign swing through the state.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 3, 2012. Frontrunner Romney on Tuesday focused his last minute attacks on the Democratic president, amid polls suggesting good chances of a win in Iowa. Judgment day dawned for Republican contenders vying to take on Barack Obama in November's presidential election, with a pivotal vote in Iowa Tuesday likely to dramatically winnow the field of contenders. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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CEDAR FALLS, IA - DECEMBER 29:  Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign event at J's Homestyle Cooking December 29, 2011 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Recent state-wide polls put Romney and fellow candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) close going into next week's first-in-the-country Iowa Caucuses, a litmus test for the GOP hopefuls.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WEST PALM BEACH, FL - JANUARY 12:  Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets people as he attends a campaign rally at the West Palm Beach Convention Center on January 12, 2012 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Romney was in West Palm Beach for the rally followed by a fundraiser and the campaign plans on returning to South Carolina to continue campaigning ahead of their primary on January 21st..  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets supporters January 10, 2012 in Manchester after seizing a second victory in his fight to be the party's presidential nominee, winning New Hampshire's key primary.   AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 11:  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney greets supporters after addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park February 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. A dozen potential Republican presidental hopefuls are set to address CPAC, the biggest gathering of conservative activists in the country.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mitt Romney
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BEDFORD, NH - JANUARY 09:  Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign rally on January 9, 2012 in Bedford, New Hampshire.  With one day to go before the New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney is making one final campaign push through the state.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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COLUMBIA, SC - JANUARY 11:  Republican presidental hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign rally at The Hall at Senate's End on January 11, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina. A day after winning the New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney is launching his campaign in South Carolina.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - SEPTEMBER 12:  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters during a brief stop September 12, 2011 in North Charleston, South Carolina.  Romney toured a new Boeing facility in Charleston and then accepted the endorsement of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty during a short visit to the city.  (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets a supporter after addressing a speech at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, New Hampshire, on January 9, 2012.  New Hampshire will hold its Republican primary on January 10, 2012.  AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
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