July 09, 2012 - 12:15 pm

BY WESLEY P. HESTER

As President Barack Obama prepares to campaign in Virginia later this week, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will preempt the president’s visit using a well-known surrogate: former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani will head off Obama’s Friday and Saturday stops with a “Veterans for Romney” event in Hampton Roads on Thursday at 2 p.m.

And on Friday morning, Giuliani will visit the Richmond area for the grand opening of a Henrico County GOP Victory 2012 office. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will also attend.

In 2008, Giuliani and Romney were competitors for the GOP presidential nomination, both ultimately losing to Sen. John McCain. 

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, last campaigned in the state two weeks ago, putting in stops in Salem, near Roanoke, and Sterling in Loudoun County. Obama kicked off his re-election campaign with a rally in Richmond in early May.

Romney will appear tomorrow morning on “The John Fredericks Radio Show” on WHKT-AM 1650 in Hampton Roads, his first talk radio interview in the state.