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Mitt Romney Will Attend RNC Meeting

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Mitt Romney will attend this week’s upcoming Republican National Committee’s meeting in San Diego, three sources told NBC News — and will make his first public comments since the news surfaced Friday that he was considering a third presidential run.

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, is scheduled to deliver remarks Friday evening, confirmed a source close to Romney as well as one at the Republican National Committee, which means it will be one of the last events at the meeting that wraps up Friday.

Romney has spent the past few days reaching out to former staff members, donors and supporters, as well as people who didn’t support him last time around to discuss another tour to the White House.

“He’s doing what he does well — and that’s due diligence,” an adviser close to Romney said.

Part of that due diligence is attending to the RNC’s meeting in San Diego, where he will have easy access to party leaders, rank-and-file members and donors to gauge the type of support he’d receive should he run.

Other speakers at the RNC winter meeting include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Dr. Ben Carson, both who are also weighing 2016 presidential bids.

— Leigh Ann Caldwell and Mark Murray