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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told The Associated Press in an email that he plans to be in Minnesota through Wednesday before he heads to Pennsylvania and Ohio to campaign on behalf of Romney and help counter Obama's bus tour. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a favorite among conservatives, was on his own bus tour through Southern states as he promotes his new book.
There's more to the political side of Romney's vacation than just the highly anticipated vice presidential pick.
While the candidate and his family haven't encouraged media coverage of their ice cream outings and sports event, they also haven't shied away from it.
That's ensured that Americans who are largely unfamiliar with the former Massachusetts governor see glossy images of the large Romney clan playing on and around sun-splashed Lake Winnipesaukee — and the usually buttoned-up patriarch clearly at ease. He's been seen — and photographed — riding on a jet ski, playing volleyball, relaxing on the beach and eating an ice cream cone at Bailey's Bubble while surrounded by more than a dozen of his 18 grandchildren.
The vacation has painted a family portrait of the Romneys that's led at least one pundit to compare them to the Kennedy clan, the American political dynasty that gathered during summers in Hyannis Port, Mass. Their athletic, photogenic family helped label President John F. Kennedy's era as "Camelot." The vacation images have also given Romney, who's fought a perception that he can't connect with ordinary voters, a chance to show an authentic lighter side.
"You all have your life jackets?" Romney asked the handful of grandchildren who crowded onto his boat Monday night after the trip to the picturesque town's ice cream store. His usually coifed hair windblown and his face tanned, Romney hopped behind the wheel of the boat and piloted it away from the dock himself.
The trip to town capped two days of family fun that featured Romney jet-skiing around the lake with Ann at the helm. He took the entire family to church on Sunday at the small, nondescript Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just up the road from his sprawling lakefront estate. Back at home, he rode his lawn mower, two of his younger grandchildren on his lap, one wearing a captain's hat.
On Tuesday, Romney and his five sons spent part of the afternoon playing volleyball — three versus three — as some of his grandchildren played on a nearby beach. And Romney was spotted at the local marina refueling his boat.
His vacation ends Sunday when he's scheduled to head to New York for fundraising events — and resume his campaign schedule fulltime.
Associated Press photographer Charles Dharapak in Wolfeboro, N.H., and Associated Press writer Brian Bakst in Minnesota contributed to this report.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.