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By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
Mitt Romney is planning a bus tour ahead of the Republican National Convention.
A Romney campaign aide confirmed the bus trip to USA TODAY. The aide, who is not authorized to discuss the trip publicly, asked for anonymity because details have not yet been announced.
The bus tour is raising speculation that Romney will announce his running mate during the trip. CNN's Political Ticker blog reported that tour would start Aug. 10 and roll through Virginia, Florida and possibly Ohio.
"Sounds like VP week," one unnamed Republican "familiar with the plans," told CNN.
Republicans will gather Aug. 27-30 in Tampa to formally nominate Romney as the party's standard-bearer.
National Review Online reported that a "major policy address" on the economy may be in the works with the candidate "more likely to roll out his polished stump speech via a swing-state bus tour."
Romney has made the economy and job creation the centerpiece of his campaign against President Obama. The Republican candidate has said his background in the private sector, as head of Bain Capital and in leading the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, make him better suited than Obama to boost the flagging economy.
Romney's campaign has said the likely GOP nominee is getting closer to naming his running mate. Today, the campaign said the decision will be revealed first to users of its new smartphone app.