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Mr. McConnell made his remarks Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

CAMPAIGN

Portman in New Hampshire, but not to meet Romney

Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, spoke at a New Hampshire Republican party fundraiser Saturday night, and says he’s also taking a college tour in the area with his daughter.

But former President George W. Bush’s budget director — widely presumed to be on Mitt Romney’s shortlist for potential running mates — told reporters he has not visited Mr. Romney at his nearby vacation home, nor does he plan to before heading out of the New England area. He’s expected to appear in the Boston area to help fundraise for Mr. Romney on Monday.

Consistent with previous statements, Mr. Portman did not say whether he is being vetted by the Romney camp.

DIPLOMACY

Egypt claims Obama invited Islamist president to U.S.

President Obama has invited Egypt’s newly elected Islamist president to visit the U.S. in September, an Egyptian official told Reuters news agency on Sunday.

While Washington had long been allied with the authoritarian regimes of Hosni Mubarak and Anwar Sadat, which suppressed Islamist groups, it has within the past year opened contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, to which new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi belonged before his electoral victory.

“President Obama extended an invitation to President Morsi to visit the United States when he attends the U.N. General Assembly in September,” Egyptian aide Yasser Ali said after Mr. Morsi met U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns on Sunday in Cairo.

Mr. Burns did not mention the invitation at a news conference earlier Sunday, according to Reuters.

At the news conference, Mr. Burns said he delivered a message from Mr. Obama assuring him of America’s commitment to a “new partnership” with Egypt.

White House officials told the Associated Press that Mr. Obama hoped to meet with Mr. Morsi during the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York in September.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports