ROCHESTER — Former Mass. Gov. and presidential candidate Mitt Romney will speak to area business leaders on Tuesday at a luncheon in Rochester.
Romney will be the third presidential candidate to speak at the National Leaders Forum over the past few months. The series of talks, hosted by the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, aims to promote a dialogue between national and local business leaders.
"It's a great opportunity to get business leaders together in an informal setting to hear some of these candidates speak about issues that are important to New Hampshire and ask some questions," said New Hampshire BIA spokeswoman Adrienne Rupp.
Since announcing his intent to run for president, Romney has trailed both John McCain and Rudy Giuliani in most polls. However, following the first Republican debate New Hampshire, Romney jumped ahead of his top two rivals.
A Zogby international poll released on May 17 shows Romney with 35 percent support, ahead of both Giuliani and McCain, who were tied at 19 percent. The poll sampled 500 likely voters and had a margin of error of 4.5 percent.