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Veep contenders to make the rounds on Romney’s bus tour

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Jun 14, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-14 16:21:49-04

By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – A host of vice presidential contenders will hit the trail with Mitt Romney on his five-day, multi-state bus trip in the next week.

As Romney starts out in Stratham, New Hampshire on Friday, he’ll appear with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a popular Republican freshman senator who campaigned heavily for Romney in the Granite State during the primaries.

On Sunday, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is slated to travel with Romney at all three stops in the Ohio leg of the presumptive GOP nominee’s bus tour.

Rep. Paul Ryan, meanwhile, will be at Romney’s Monday morning event in Janesville, Wisconsin–the hometown of the GOP star and chairman of the House Budget Committee.

And while not rumored to be a veep contender, House Speaker John Boehner will make his first campaign appearance with Romney this weekend. The speaker will join the candidate on Sunday in the city of Troy, Ohio, which is located in Boehner’s district.

Along with Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, Romney will also stop in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan. All states represent crucial battleground territory for the November election.

CNN’s Steve Brusk, Deirdre Walsh and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.