The Obama campaign is making sure that Mitt Romney’s lakeside retreat is no escape from the campaign trail.
If Romney marches in the Independence Day parade in Wolfeboro, N.H., as expected, he will be joined by Obama surrogates, who on Tuesday afternoon announced their intent to participate in the parade Wednesday morning.
And if the presumptive Republican presidential nominee turns on a television at his 13-acre compound, where he is vacationing this week, he could see a new Obama campaign ad blasting him for outsourcing jobs as a business executive.
The parade in Wolfeboro, usually a modest affair in a small vacation town, has captured national attention amid rumors that Romney and his family will be part of the festivities. Parade Marshal Harold Chamberlin told the Globe Sunday that Romney has been invited but said he could not confirm the former Massachusetts governor’s attendance.
The Obama campaign appears convinced that Romney will be there. It plans to dispatch Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh, state Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and a group of campaign volunteers to Wolfeboro to act as Romney counterparts in the 10 a.m. march down Main Street. The Democrats will speak to the press after the event.
Depending on the weather, the parade duel may not happen. There is a 60-percent chance of rain early Wednesday morning in Wolfeboro.
Showers will not wash out the TV ad, which launched Tuesday in New Hampshire and eight other swing states. The spot attempts to contrast the job creation philosophies of Obama and Romney, calling the president an “insourcer” and his challenger an “outsourcer.”