JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — While President Obama rallies his supporters at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Mitt Romney plans to spend much of next week preparing for the fall debates.
After his rallies in Cincinnati and Jacksonville on Saturday, Romney is headed to his lakeside vacation home in Wolfeboro, N.H., for Labor Day weekend. He has no public events planned Sunday or Monday. The Democratic convention will hold televised proceedings Tuesday through Thursday, with unofficial gatherings on Labor Day.
Romney may hold events later in the week; his aides previously said the Republican nominee would likely campaign in swing states during the convention. His running mate, Paul D. Ryan, plans to hold events in North Carolina next week. A CNN/Time poll last week showed the state to be a dead heat, with 47% of likely voters siding with the Democrats and 48% with Romney and Ryan.
After Labor Day, the former Massachusetts governor will prepare for three October debates at the Vermont home of his former lieutenant governor, Kerry Healey, who accompanied him during his recent foreign trip and has been a key surrogate for the campaign as Romney has sought to connect with female voters, who favor Obama.