Photos: Ann and Mitt Romney in Mount Vernon

Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney traveled across eastern Iowa today with his wife, Ann, by his side. The “Mitt Mobile” pulled into Mount Vernon just before 3 p.m. this afternoon and the candidate made a short visit to the Fuel & Nest on 1st St. East.

A handful of supporters gathered at the corner, holding handmade signs and cheering their approval (even while the candidate provided brief remarks inside).

Ann was one of the first to emerge from the building and she spent several minutes speaking with supporters, signing autographs and posing for photos before the cold finally took its toll and she headed for the warmth of the tour bus.

The former governor took several minutes to meet one-on-one with supporters who remained inside and then also came out to the sidewalk and met with more supporters there.

Before getting back on the bus — and traveling to the next stop on the tour — Romney walked down the block to where the group of supporters stood with their signs and spent a few moments visiting.

“I’ve supported him for months,” a woman said after getting an autograph. “This is the first time I’ve met him — and Ann too. I didn’t even know she would be here. Now I know that I’ve chosen the right couple to back. They are just real people.”

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A Republican turned Democrat who is now registered with no party, Lynda is the founder of Essential Estrogen. She and her husband live in eastern Iowa with their two (mostly good) children and two (mostly good) dogs. Their oldest child was turned loose on the world in 2011 and is making her home in another state. A journalist, essayist and hobby fiction writer, Lynda's work has been seen in Salon, RH Reality Check, the Atlantic, The Iowa Independent, UK Guardian as well as other online and traditional publications. She has also appeared as a guest on various television and radio news shows.

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