CONCORD, N.H. -- In his own handwriting, Mitt Romney filled out paperwork and submitted a check placing his name on the New Hampshire presidential primary ballot, a time-honored tradition candidates for decades, including his father.
Romney said told reporters he was "thrilled to be sitting in the my father sat in some 40 odd years ago."
"I intend to follow his footsteps to a point," said Romney. "And the point is that I planning on winning the campaign."
Sitting next to him was US Senator Judd Gregg, who officially endorsed him just minutes before.
Gregg kept repeating phrases like Romney's "conservative philosophy" and his "can-do" spirit.
Romney also used the setting in the office of the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office to pledge his support for the state's traditional first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
"If I am the nominee I will do everything in my power to to make sure Iowa and New Hampshire are first," he said.