(CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA.) What was supposed to be three days of minimal campaigning and maximum debate prep, has been anything but for Barack Obama.
Today he will travel to Washington D.C., at the invitation of President Bush, for a bipartisan meeting on the economy, which will also be attended by John McCain. At a press conference yesterday, Obama said he would travel to Washington only if he was told he could be helpful.
"What I think is important, though, is that we don't suddenly infuse Capitol Hill with presidential politics at a time when we're in the middle of some very delicate and difficult negotiations," Obama said.
"I think the message is, if you need us, if I can be helpful, I'm prepared to be there at any point."
After the meeting, Obama will immediately return to the Tampa Bay area to continue preparing for the debate.