An Unexpected Wakeup Call

From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

MOLINE, ILL. -- Getting woken up by a man who might become President of the United States is quite a shock to the system.

This morning I was trying to catch a few winks on the campaign plane — and had begun to slip into a familiar dream about forgetting to study for a test — when a familiar voice started to work its way into my trance.

As I slowly opened my eyes and let them adjust to the light, I smiled as I realized that I must have been dreaming, since I'm not even in school anymore. But then I looked up and was greeted by a sight that caused me to sit up straight and beseech my brain to get back into gear — the governor was standing just one row in front of me.

I pulled my seatback up and listened to Romney tell a familiar story about how he never expected to run for president. The governor said that when his family gave the okay for him to go through the grueling campaign process, his wife and sons knew that the odds of winning the whole thing in such a crowded field were small.

When asked how he maintains such a rigorous schedule, Romney pointed out that all of his jobs — from the private equity business to governing the state of Massachusetts — have been intense. The governor said that he gets a lot of work done on planes but joked that the campaign doesn't listen to his ideas.

"I just wrote three ads," Romney said. "They won't use any of them."

Romney said that he usually is able to get six or seven hours of sleep, even on the most grueling days, but seemed a bit relieved that "there is an end in sight" — at least, that is, an end to this first stage of the campaign.

In reference to the day after Super Duper Tuesday, when big states such as California and New York cast their votes, Romney said, "The world is going to look a lot different on February 6."

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    Scott Conroy is a National Political Reporter for RealClearPolitics and a contributor for CBS News.