CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (CNN) - Iowa may stretch over 300 miles border to border, but presidential candidates are bound to cross paths when so many of them are there at the same time.
That's what happened Wednesday morning at the Clear Lake 4th of July parade, where GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared on separate floats.
The two candidates met briefly, shaking hands and talking before the start of the parade.
A Romney spokesman tells CNN the former Massachusetts governor, his wife Ann, and son Josh approached the New York Democrat and former President Clinton.
Described as a "very gracious" meeting, the White House hopefuls wished each other a happy 4th of July, and Romney wished Clinton good luck in the campaign.
The two also discussed Josh Romney's plan to visit all 99 counties in Iowa in a Winnebago.
- CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson