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Obama and Romney share Hawaiian getaways this year

December 22, 2010

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BOSTON—President Barack Obama has something in common with potential White House rival Mitt Romney.

He and the Republican are both taking vacations in Hawaii.

Romney and his wife, Ann, are on a two-week break with their five sons, five daughters-in-law and 15 grandchildren. They're relaxing on Maui.

Obama is headed for Oahu to catch up with his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, and the couple's two daughters.

The president also was slated for a two-week trip, but he sent his family ahead Saturday so he could monitor last-minute congressional votes.

Romney used a holiday trip to Utah four years ago to consult with his children before declaring his 2008 candidacy.

A spokesman says there will likely be family discussions this year, but Romney will not announce whether he'll run again until the spring.