Romney to Begin Receiving Secret Service Protection

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets people during a rally with supporters at Pioneer Park on January 30, 2012 in Dunedin, Florida. Romney is campaigning across the state ahead of the January 31 Florida primary. Photo: Joe Raedle/2012 Getty Images

Beginning on Thursday, Mitt Romney will have the company and protection of the Secret Service, campaign sources told ABC News. "The Secret Service is charged with protecting presidential candidates in addition to the president himself, and providing protection to a candidate before he secures a nomination has become fairly common." Lest you think Romney has been walking around unattended, his campaign has traveled with private security until now. No specific threat prompted the change that was floated after the New Hampshire primary but increased crowd sizes have raised concerns, so the Service will step in. Being the front-runner has its perks. But can Romney fire these people?