WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden will look his opponents in the eyes next week when he campaigns in Tampa, Florida during the first two days of the Republican National Convention there.

The Republican event, which runs from August 27 to 30, will see former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan will be formally named candidates for the November 6 presidential election.

"On Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28, Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Tampa area and other cities for campaign events," the re-election campaign of Democratic President Barack Obama said in a brief statement.

Obama and Biden will be confirmed as the Democratic candidates at their party's convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, from September 4 to 6.