Romney Followed by Men with Ear Pieces

ABC New's Matt Stuart reports:  As reports about Sen. John McCain's vice presidential selection reach a fever pitch, likely short lister Gov. Mitt Romney is heading to San Diego.

Following a raucous rally in Henderson, Nev., on behalf of the Arizona senator and presumptive Republican nominee, during which there were multiple calls for Romney to get the VP nod, the former Massachusetts governor sped off in a white SUV, flanked by police cars.

Just a day earlier, Romney was in Denver, providing counter programming to the Democrats' convention just a few blocks away.

Arriving at the terminal in Nevada this evening, Romney told ABC News that he was headed to San Diego, where the wealthy former primary contender owns one of several homes.  When asked if he would stay at his new home in La Jolla, Romney said he couldn't because the floors were being redone.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom earlier said that Romney was headed to California for private meetings and had no public events scheduled.

Could he possibly be heading to Ohio later in the week? McCain reportedly will announce his veep selection in that battleground state on Friday.


Romney was followed to the airport by a grey unmarked Chevy SUV with police lights. Two men wearing suits using ear pieces were in the driver and passenger seats.

They did not appear to follow Romney into the terminal.

While the men following Romney with ear pieces stoked further speculation about whether he has come under protection in advance of a vice presidential announcement, it should be noted that the vehicle following Romney did not have Maryland plates. 

ABC's Bret Hovell reports that everywhere McCain has gone in the country with Secret Service protection his SUVs have had Maryland plates.

ABC's Matt Jaffe reports that the Secret Service vehicles that came to get Biden on Saturday also had Maryland plates.

On the other hand, ABC's Ann Compton notes that Barack Obama's Secret Service vehicles do not always have D.C. or Maryland plates.

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