If you were willing to plunk down a hearty contribution, you could have met Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a 90-minute Thursday campaign stop in Knoxville.
The Knoxville Convention Center fundraiser was a private gathering between Romney and his backers, closed to the media, which isn't unusual when presidential candidates visit.
But Romney, atypical of other political aspirants, didn't arrange a separate media press conference, so his visit went largely unnoticed in downtown Knoxville other than by the 200 people in attendance.
That's not to say the campaign rally wasn't enthusiastic — and lucrative.
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