Mitt Romney squeezes in one more debate rehearsal in Ohio

October 11, 2012

DAYTON, Ohio -- With his running mate set to take the stage in Kentucky tonight, Mitt Romney is squeezing in one more debate prep session this morning before flying to North Carolina.

Campaign aides said that Romney is rehearsing again this morning with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who has played the role of President Obama during debate rehearsals.

The GOP presidential candidate is scheduled to fly later Thursday to Asheville, N.C., where he will hold a 6 p.m. rally with Ronnie Milsap, a country music singer popular in the 1970s and 1980s for hits including "Smoky Mountain Rain" and "Any Day Now."

After the rally, Romney plans to decamp to the nearby Grove Park Inn to watch GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan debate Vice President Biden. The picturesque mountainside resort is the same spot where President and Michelle Obama stayed during a couple's weekend in April 2010.

Obama and Romney will debate again next Tuesday.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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