NYT: DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Senator Barack Obama is heading to camp next week in Florida – debate camp, that is.
Mr. Obama is going to sequester himself near Tampa Bay beginning Tuesday for intensive preparation in advance of the first presidential debate on Friday. A tight circle of key advisers will be on hand, including Greg Craig, an adviser and foreign policy specialist, who is playing the role of Senator John McCain.
The choice of Florida – particularly the critical swing region near Tampa Bay – will be announced by the campaign in the coming days. It was, of course, selected with politics in mind.
The Atlantic has a long story on presidential debates, who wins them and why we watch.
McCain's mission during the debates is to keep his cool, according to conservative columnist Bill Kristol.