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Why is Mitt Romney serving warm cookies to the media?

Mitt Romney, branded as cold by critics, is on a new charm offensive. Romney appears to be trying to win over the reporters who will travel with him through Election Day.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, shows reporters a photo of his grandson Parker as he arrives in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, May 17, 2012.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Mitt Romney is on a charm offensive.

He took reporters' questions after Thursday's campaign rally instead of keeping them at bay. He brought them warm chocolate chip cookies for the flight from Jacksonville to Palm Beach, Fla. After he got off the plane, he walked over to show reporters a picture of his 5-year-old grandson, Parker.

It was "wild hair day" at school and the grandfather of 18 had to share what had just come into his iPad.

"You know how he did that? With Elmers Glue and egg whites. I kid you not," said Romney, whose campaign just a day earlier engaged in a standoff with reporters over access to the candidate. "Isn't that something else?"

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He chuckled about the hair standing straight up.

"I never did my hair like that. But I'm thinking about it," Romney said before heading to a private fundraiser. "People wonder how I keep my hair like it is. It's like, a little Elmers Glue and egg white would go a long way. Is that too much?"

Then the candidate with matinee idol good looks grew quiet.

"I miss him."

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