It's a family tradition that spans a decade, as Mitt Romney's clan --all 30 of them-- gathers at his New England lakeside compound for a week of sporting events and ice cream outings. (July 3)
[Location - Date:WOLFEBORO, NEW HAMPSHIRE/JULY 2][Source:ASSOCIATED PRESS EXCLUSIVE][VO:] WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) _ It's a family tradition that spans a decade, as Mitt Romney's clan _ all 30 of them _ gathers at his New England lakeside compound for a week of home-cooked meals, sporting events and ice cream outings. Only this summer, things are a little different: The patriarch is the Republican candidate challenging President Barack Obama and there's a Secret Service detail in tow everywhere Romney goes. Nevertheless, the former Massachusetts governor is sticking to his routine. He attended Sunday church, let loose on Monday with a little jet skiing and on Monday night he was eating ice cream in town before piloting his boat back home to his lakefront estate. He walked barefoot with his grandchildren, posed for family photos, and visited with friends _ just as he has done every other summer. For Romney, this week is a welcome opportunity to unwind from the campaign trail while reflecting on the biggest decision he'll make during this campaign: choosing a running mate.