Even without Romney's star power, Risch has his own, very different campaign style.
At a senior American government class at Capital High School on Oct. 15, he paced across the front of the classroom. He spoke rapidly and energetically, peppered the 17- and 18-year-olds with questions and didn't always wait for their answers. He sometimes complimented them, once saying, "We weren't nearly as sophisticated as you kids are," but most of the time he tried to connect with the kids by giving them a hard time.
"Could you explain to me the tax shift?" asked the first boy in the class to raise his hand during the question and answer session.
"Yoooou're a Democrat," Risch retorted.
"No he's not," a girl in the back piped up.
"Only Democrats use that phrase, 'tax shift,'" Risch replied. "By the way, don't be afraid to ask questions of me," he said to the other students in the class. "They're not stupid questions like this one over here." (Emphasis added)