There's no rest this weekend for the presidential candidates, or their running mates. Or their families. After wrapping up the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Thursday, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their wives swung through both New Hampshire and Iowa on Friday. President Obama then peeled away and flew to Florida for the weekend on Friday night, and the Bidens were off to Ohio.
As it happens, Mitt Romney, coming off a post-Republican Convention week of debate prep, had similar plans. He too campaigned in Iowa and New Hamsphire on Friday.
Romney didn't have much company on Friday though. His wife, Ann Romney, and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, struck out on their own early this weekend, with Ryan campaigning in Nevada Friday and fundraising in California Saturday and Ann Romney spending much of Friday campaigning in Virginia before meeting up with her husband in New Hampshire. The Romneys then stopped off at their Boston headquarters on Saturday morning before heading to Virginia for campaign stops in Virginia Beach and at the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Richmond.
Romney returned to Belmont, Massachusetts late Sunday night after reported technical difficulties with his plane forced the campaign to find another ride out of Virginia. Romney plans to take a day off campaigning on Sunday to work on debate prep at his Boston headquarters.
And it hasn't just been a weekend of hitting the ground campaigning either. Sunday shows are on the agenda, with Mitt and Ann Romney having a pre-taped appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' and both Obama and Ryan (separately, alas) showing up on CBS's Face the Nation. President Obama's appearance on Face the Nation will be an excerpt from a longer interview with CBS's Scott Pelley that will air in full next week on CBS Evening News. Ryan will also be on ABC's 'This Week'.
Following in Romney’s footsteps, Paul Ryan will spend Sunday preparing for the vice-presidential debates in Oregon, with a brief break to watch the Green Bay Packers game.
Sunday’s practice session will not be a mock debate, but rather a chance for Ryan to begin reviewing the topics, anticipating questions and formulating answers. The person who will play Biden once he does a “debate camp” with several days of practice has not yet been revealed, but Ryan said in a Fox and Friends interview earlier this week that that person will be announced shortly.
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Rebecca Kaplan contributed