Correction, Oct. 19, 2012: The New York Times subsequently reported that the "Jeanane Wilson" interviewed in this story was not an undecided Iowa voter but in fact the lead character in a mockumentary about the presidential campaign that was being shot in Iowa at the time. "Jeanane Wilson" was portrayed by a 48-year-old actress named Jane Edith Wilson who lives in Los Angeles, according to the Times. The incident Wilson describes with Mitt Romney did occur and was captured on video, but Wilson did not divulge her true identity and remained in character during the interview with TPM. In short, we were duped. In the interest of transparency, here is the original version of the story:
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WEST DES MOINES, IOWA -- All Jeanane Wilson wanted was a chance to talk to Mitt Romney about jobs. She didn't get that here on Friday, but she did get to meet the man who wants her vote -- a man who after months of playing coy about his chances in Iowa is suddenly playing to win the state, and in so doing hoping to put the nomination beyond the reach of his rivals right from the start.
"He didn't respond to my question," she told me after the event outside an enormous Hy-Vee grocery store. "But he hugged me. That was a little strange."
This is not to say that Wilson, a Des Moines resident, wasn't moved by Romney's speech to the crowd of more than 300 standing in a cold drizzle. Romney had New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in tow -- Christie's touring the state with him today. Wilson said she was impressed, but she still hasn't made up her mind who to vote for.