ABOARD MITT ROMNEY'S CAMPAIGN PLANE - While US President Barack Obama and his supporters rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, next week, Republican rival Mitt Romney will be off the campaign trail to prepare for the televised debates this autumn against the Democratic incumbent.
Senior Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden said Romney planned to spend Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on debate preparation at the home of Kerry Healey in Reading, Vermont. Healey was the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts while Romney was governor of the state.
Madden could not confirm whether Romney would campaign at all during the week of the Democratic National Convention, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday in Charlotte, but he downplayed the move and insisted it was not a reversal of previous plans.
Senior Republican strategists, including Madden, said last month that Romney would have a full campaign schedule, including in battleground states, during the week of the Democratic convention.
"I expect we will have public events, I just don't have them confirmed yet," Madden said.