Perry, Romney contrast in style, substance

October 29, 2011 - 3:45 AM
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Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs papers to be on the New Hampshire's First-in-the-Nation presidential primary ballot, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at the State House in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Campaigning just miles apart in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry displayed stark differences in style and substance.

Romney leads the state's polls, has spent years campaigning here and has a home on a nearby lake. He held an hour-long town hall meeting Friday outside of Manchester.

Perry's a much newer presidential candidate. The Texas governor filed his official paperwork to appear on the state's primary ballot, met briefly with voters and gave a boisterous speech to social conservatives.

The two men — one businesslike, calm, usually careful; the other aggressive, spirited and pointed in conviction — could hardly provide New Hampshire voters with two more different candidates to choose from, in style, focus or substance.