In an acknowledgment of his tightening race with former House Speaker
For much of this year, Romney has employed the strategy of
During the summer when the former Massachusetts governor was campaigning heavily in the early primary state of New Hampshire, he took questions from reporters regularly and engaged town-hall-style events where he would also field questions from voters.
But this fall as the primaries drew closer, the Romney campaign dramatically tightened its message control, scheduling more business round tables with handpicked participants and events where the candidate delivered remarks without taking questions.
When challenged by reporters about his lack of accessibility during a late November visit to
The campaign of Republican rival
But the Romney campaign appears to have shifted tactics in the midst of Gingrich's surge and amid the fallout from the candidate's prickly interview with Fox's "Special Report" host
After pressing Romney on his shifts on key issues over the years -- questions that made Romney visibly irritated -- the anchor told Fox News'
Within days, Romney appeared on "Fox & Friends," shrugging off his comments to Baier and stating that he had merely hoped the interview would have delved more deeply into the issues facing the nation. The next day in New Hampshire, Romney was far more inviting to the news media than he has been in recent weeks, holding a news conference in Manchester and then gamely engaging in conversation with reporters while he campaigned door-to-door.
Romney will tape the appearance on "Fox News Sunday" with Wallace in South Carolina on Dec. 17, to air the next day. In late October, Wallace needled Romney for his absences from the Sunday circuit after interviewing Texas Gov.
"With Gov. Perry's appearance, we have now interviewed all the major Republican candidates in our 2012 one-on-one series except Mitt Romney," Wallace said. "He has not appeared on any Sunday
At that point, Wallace added that the seasoned candidate’s campaign had told the show "he's still not ready to sit down for an interview."