While Republicans gather in Tampa, Fla., next week to nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate, the incumbent president will make another campaign trip to Virginia.
President Barack Obama will hold a campaign event in Charlottesville on Wednesday, Aug. 29, according to his re-election campaign. The Charlottesville stop will come on the heels of Tuesday campaign trips to Ames, Iowa and Fort Collins, Colo.
The Obama campaign has not released specific details on the Charlottesville trip yet, but all three stops on Obama’s swing state dash have something in common. They all are home to major state universities — Iowa State, Colorado State and, of course, the University of Virginia. Obama this week has trying to draw contrasts with Romney on college affordability, arguing that the Republican would slash funding for Pell grants and student loans.
Obama is no stranger to campaigning in Charlottesville. In 2010, he made a late campaign appearance in the city for Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello of Albemarle County, who went on to lose his re-election bid to Republican Robert Hurt of Chatham.
– Michael Sluss