Bucking tradition, President Obama set out on a two-day campaign swing on Tuesday, aiming to steal just a bit of the spotlight from Republicans rallying in Tampa, Fla.
Obama was scheduled for a college tour, with events at Iowa State University and Colorado State University. He's slated to hold a rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday.
As a courtesy, past presidential candidates have curtailed campaign activities during the other party's conventions. But Obama's campus swing -- aimed at firing up a key demographics -- coincides with the first full day of the Republican speech-making.
He's due to take the podium before the young faces in Ames, Iowa, just as GOP Chairman Reince Priebus kicks off the day's program for the Republican faithful. Obama's Fort Collins, Colo., rally is slated to collide with remarks from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who will launch a prime-time lineup that includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ann Romney, wife of the candidate.