In N.H., Romney runs errands, hosts campaign aides

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pushes a shopping cart after buying groceries at Hunter's Shop and Save supermarket in Wolfeboro, N.H., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pushes a shopping cart after buying groceries at Hunter's Shop and Save supermarket in Wolfeboro, N.H., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
(CBS News) WOLFEBORO, N.H. - While the political world waits for an announcement of who Mitt Romney's running mate will be, there's no rest for the weary at Romney's vacation home today.

The Republican presidential candidate had a busy morning puttering around the town of Wolfeboro, N.H., prepping for senior campaign advisers dropping by his summer house today.

He went to a local hardware and grocery store, where he picked up fresh corn and a load of soft drinks, including caffeine-free Diet Coke. When asked by press if he was planning on entertaining today, he responded "I've got some folks coming over today," but coyly laughed when asked if any of his vice presidential contenders - specifically Ohio Sen. Rob Portman - would be in attendance.

Wolfeboro is nestled along New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, where the Romneys have had a home for years. While many lawns are littered with Romney signage, many year-round residents are hesitant to support him, some due to their own differing politics as well as a local concern that, should he become president, their town might become the next Kennebunkport, Maine - the vacation home of former President George H.W. Bush - and be swamped with tourists.

As Romney rounded out his morning errands at a drug store this morning, he apologized to a woman who had been blocked in by his secret service detail. All was quickly forgiven. "It's because you're a very special person," she responded, giving him a thumbs up.

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