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Romney to make appearances in Tucson, Phoenix

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney takes questions during a campaign stop at the VFW in Berlin, N.H., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will travel to Arizona for two appearances in his bid to capture the Republican nomination for president.

He will take part in a business roundtable discussion at a car dealership Tucson on Wednesday morning and will hold a town hall meeting in the Phoenix suburb of Sun Lakes in the afternoon.

Romney has become a more assertive candidate than he was earlier in his campaign and leveled tough policy criticisms of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Monday’s Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Fla.

Romney finished second in Arizona’s 2008 presidential primary.

Longtime Arizona Sen. John McCain had carried the state with 47 percent of the vote, followed by Romney at 34 percent.

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