WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's campaign signaled their first debate strategy shift Thursday in a tweet.
Hours before the vice presidential debate, the campaign sent out a photograph on Twitter of Joe Biden rehearsing for the primetime event. There was the vice president, sitting side-by-side with his practice partner on a set designed to look like the debate stage at Centre College, where he and Republican running mate Paul Ryan would later face off.
That simple picture - and a flurry of other details the campaign released about Biden's pre-debate preparations - were a sharp departure from the campaign's approach in the lead-up to Obama's first debate with Mitt Romney. The campaign was so secretive about the president's preparation that they would barely confirm that he was practicing at all.
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Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Friday to visit seven countries on a trip focusing on global issues such as the Syrian crisis, Middle East peace and the West's standoffs with Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs.