(CNN) – GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will return to the campaign trail on Monday after taking the weekend off, and for the second week in a row will appear alongside a potential vice presidential pick, his campaign said Saturday.
Romney will appear with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a native of the New Hampshire who has backed him and is seen as a rising star in the Republican party, at an event in Portsmouth.
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The former Massachusetts governor could be seen as test driving possible running mates in a series of campaign trail appearances. Last week, Romney campaigned alongside Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida in Pennsylvania; both states are November battlegrounds.
And ahead of the primary in Wisconsin earlier this month, Romney campaigned with Paul Ryan, the popular representative from the state who is especially influential as chair of the House Budget Committee.
The upcoming visit to New Hampshire’s coast will be his second stop in the state in a week. While votes were tallied and reported in five states last week, Romney rallied supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, at an event designed to mark his pivot from a primary election focus to the general election.
Romney last campaigned with Ayotte ahead of the New Hampshire primary in January. In a television interview after a campaign stop, Romney was seated alongside her, and aknowledged that she would be among the Republicans worthy of consideration for his number two spot.
– CNN's Steve Brusk and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.