(WASHINGTON) -- New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte plans to march with Mitt Romney in Wednesday’s Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, N.H., GOP sources tell ABC News.
Ayotte will be the first vice presidential short-lister to appear publicly with the presumptive Republican nominee during his week-long vacation at his Lake Winnipesaukee retreat. And her appearance also gives Romney the chance to meet with Ayotte privately at his home.
Romney arrived at his lakefront home in the small New Hampshire town last week to begin his annual family vacation, which includes such activities as the ”Romney Olympics.” But there has been heightened speculation about whether Romney would use the time away from the political spotlight to meet with potential vice presidential contenders.
Ayotte, the freshman New Hampshire senator, is said to be one of several potential running mates the Romney campaign search team may be considering. Also on that list: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who plans to visit New Hampshire later this week.
Ayotte campaigned with Romney in New Hampshire in June during his five-day, battleground state bus tour.
Last week, Romney sent Ayotte to address the pro-life, National Right to Life conference in Arlington, Va.
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