Things got testy between the two candidates at last week's debate. In New Hampshire, the former Massachusetts governor struck a conciliatory note.
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Mitt Romney extended an olive branch towards one of his leading GOP rivals and continued to attack President Obama's Iraq policy on Saturday, as he made an appearance in a state he's counting on to launch him towards the Republican presidential nomination.
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Taking questions from reporters for the first time in nearly two weeks after working the phone banks at his campaign headquarters here, Romney was generous when asked about whether he could back Texas Gov. Rick Perry as his party's nominee. The two men had several notably contentious exchanges during Tuesday's presidential debate in Las Vegas, but Romney told reporters here there's no hard feelings.
"If Rick Perry were the nominee, I'd be voting for him," Romney said. "I believe every single person on the stage in that last debate would do a better job than president Obama." Romney added that he thinks the GOP will be better off with him as the party standard-bearer. "I believe that I'm the best suited to beat President Obama and that's why I'm running," he said.