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(NECN: Alison King, Boston) - Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney made a stop at his Boston campaign headquarters Wednesday for strategy following an overseas trip that generated its share of controversy.
Romney got bad press on his foreign trip to England, Israel and Poland this past week, but his staff believes that overall it was a successful one.
However, Romney and his staffers have no where to go but onward and upward as the presumptive nominee decides on a running mate and makes his final plans for the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla. in August.
It was a rare day of staff meetings for the candidate, who was no doubt honing his message.
"How he's going to have people have more take home pay, how he's going to reduce the deficit, how he's going to balance the budget - things that middle class voters are really going to care about," explains Romney senior strategist Russ Schriefer.
Schriefer is running Romney's convention in Tampa, which is less than four weeks away. While it may be the dog days of summer, the Romney campaign is operating at full tilt. There is money to be raised, TV ads to be made and a running mate to pick.
The running mate short list currently includes Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minn. Governor Tim Pawlenty, Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio and La. Governor Bobby Jindal.
Schriefer was staying mum on when they would release the pick, but says the country will find out between now and the convention.
Pundits were more forthcoming.
"You cannot choose somebody who is going to embarrass you," says Boston College Professor Mark Landy.
Landy says between vacations and the Olympic Games, Romney's best use of time may be his on his convention speech.
"That speech is enormously important," says Landy. "It's the first time most voters pay attention to this wacky phenomena called the campaign season."