Mr. Romney has enlisted the campaign trail help of Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, a Cuban-American and rising star in the GOP who is working on his own version of a Dream Act.
Mr. Obama and the first family planned to spend the afternoon and evening with military families at a USO concert on the White House’s South Lawn featuring country music star Brad Paisley and the Marine Corps Band.
The president will jump on a campaign bus Thursday for a two-day “Betting on America” tour that will take him through several northern Ohio communities that were instrumental to his 2008 win in the state and then onto Pennsylvania, another state he previously won, for an event in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Romney, who has been campaigning nearly nonstop since the end of primaries in the spring, was planning to spend the entire week with his family at their lakeside home in Wolfeboro, N.H., where he has been seen aboard a personal watercraft with his wife, playing volleyball with his five sons and taking his grandchildren out for ice cream.
While he may be technically on vacation, but he is still staying focused on November. Mr. Romney huddled with campaign advisers Wednesday, as well as the aide overseeing his vice-presidential search. He made his first official public appearance of the week marching in Wolfeboro’s July Fourth parade, shaking hands and speaking from the bed of a pickup truck.
• Stephen Dinan contributed to this report.
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