Vice President Biden to be in Tampa during Republican National Convention

Vice President Biden will hold a rally with supporters next Monday in Tampa, Fla., on what will be the first day of the Republican convention.

The Obama campaign announced Monday that Biden would travel on Aug. 27 and 28 to the host city of the GOP convention for a number of events.

It would be an unprecedented move for a presidential or vice presidential candidate to crash a rival convention; the parties have traditionally allowed each other to take center stage during their convention week and used the time to raise funds and to rest.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that the GOP would respond strongly to any attempt by Democrats to disrupt their convention.

"I think it's pretty common among parties to play with each other's conventions, and we'll have a pretty big presence in Charlotte as well," Priebus told Buzzfeed on Tuesday. "The nice thing about going first is that whatever they do to us, we can do ten times over to them."

"I'm a big believer in: if they punch us, we put on the brass knuckles and punch back," Priebus said.

The Drudge Report first reported Tuesday that Biden's Secret Service advance team was in Tampa.

Republican officials have said that their first day of the convention will be themed around the idea "we can do better" than President Obama's administration, and will feature speeches from Ann Romney, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Real estate mogul and Romney surrogate Donald Trump has also teased a "surprise event" earlier in the day.

The vice president was traveling Tuesday in Minnesota, where he is rallying in Minneapolis and Rochester at campaign events with supporters. On Wednesday, the vice president is headed to Detroit for another campaign appearance.

—This story was updated at 2:42 p.m.

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