MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Republican vice presidential pick Paul Ryan and President Obama will battle for voters on Monday as they crisscross the campaign trail in Iowa.
It could get interesting. Ryan and Obama have a history of negative exchanges and have been highly critical of each other's policies and proposals, so Obama may start talking about Ryan for the first time and it likely won't be positive.
Ryan is a staunch opponent of Obama's health care law and pledges to help Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney repeal it. Obama labeled Ryan's alternative budget plan, including a proposal to remake Medicare, "social Darwinism."
The feud between the two has been simmering since at least January 2010, when Obama appeared at a GOP policy retreat and Paul stood up to criticize the increase in federal spending Obama and congressional Democrats proposed.
Their initial exchanges are likely to produce the stark contrasts Romney aides promised Ryan would help highlight between the Obama campaign and the Romney-Ryan ticket.
Ryan will make his solo debut as Romney's VP at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, where he’ll be accompanied by Gov. Terry Branstad.
Obama will start a three-day bus tour of the state beginning in Council Bluffs, along the southwestern edge of the state and 130 miles away from where Ryan will be greeting voters.
Obama will travel to Oskaloosa, Marshalltown and Waterloo on Tuesday and wrap up on Wednesday in Dubuque and Davenport.
Ryan and Romney are making two campaign stops in North Carolina Sunday before heading to Ryan's home state of Wisconsin. The two will go their separate ways after that.