President Obama flew to Nevada this weekend to prepare for his upcoming primetime debate with GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
The president arrived in Las Vegas late in the morning on Sunday. From there, he headed to a nearby resort to begin cramming for the first of three match-ups with Romney.
The topic of Wednesday’s showdown in Denver, Colorado will be the economy, an issue the Romney campaign considers a weakness for Obama. Look for Romney to make a big issue out of the $16 trillion national debt and the country’s 8.1 percent unemployment rate. In addition, expect Romney to challenge Obama on the impacts of his 2009 stimulus package.
Meanwhile, expect Obama to tout his domestic jobs bill, which he says would create a million jobs if the GOP-led House would allow it to move forward. Moreover, look for Obama to go after Romney on taxes, which the president says should be raised on wealthy individuals and families.
The Obama campaign is hoping, if not praying, that their candidate will be able to focus solely on debate prep during his three-day trip out west. Until now, the president has been able to get in a few hours of practice over at DNC headquarters on Capitol Hill, where he visited briefly today. However, most observers believe that Romney is more warmed up at this point, due mainly to the fact that he isn’t running the country in his spare time from the campaign trail.
Following the highly anticipated debate, Obama will head to Ohio for two days, where he’ll continue his push to try and capture the Buckeye State this Fall.