Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney has signed on to appear at a conservative forum in New Hampshire later this month, the latest sign the former Massachusetts governor is inches away from launching a second bid for the White House.
The forum, sponsored by the New Hampshire state chapter of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, will focus on spending and job creation as well as honor Ovide Lamontagne - the 2010 GOP Senate candidate who, with significant Tea Party support, nearly beat establishment-backed candidate Kelly Ayotte in the Republican primary.
Lamontagne - who continues to enjoy strong support from the Tea Party - could to be a key player ahead of the New Hampshire's presidential primary and one of the most sought-after endorsements there.
Other potential presidential candidates confirmed for the event include former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum and businessman Herman Cain.
The potential 2012 candidates who have also been invited include Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee.
-CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.