Romney's New Hampshire campaign to kick off tonight -- unofficially

“I like Mitt personally,” Bradley told POLITICO. “He’s a really good friend. … He, better than anybody, can articulate what we need to do as a country to regain some of the luster that we’ve lost.”

The function is in the less-populous northern part of the state, a little over an hour north of Romney’s summer home in Wolfeboro and more than 100 miles north of Manchester. State GOP spokeswoman Christine Baratta called the Saturday speech a “big deal” and said that newly-elected party chairman Jack Kimball is driving up to attend.

“People are watching closely,” she said. “Everyone’s watching for him to kick off. [With] him being the frontrunner, there’s some buzz about it.”