President Obama will headline a rally for health insurance reform at Target Center in Minneapolis at 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Saturday, just three days after his nationally televised speech on the same topic. Why the Twin Cities? Maybe the White House saw the DFL fervor on display at health care reform rallies here last month.
Why Target Center? The Minnesota Wild had already booked the Xcel Center in St. Paul, where Obama delivered his victory speech on clinching the Democratic nomination for president last year.
And Obama has held a successful Saturday afternoon rally at Target Center before — on Feb. 2, 2008, in the midst of the primary battle with then-Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president.
Why Minnesota? Obama may continue to tout Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic as a model for whatever national health care reform he pursues — at least conservatives issuing reports and pre-torts seem to think he will.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for the free, first-come-first-served event, with no tickets required. Leave your umbrella at home though, even if rain is still threatening:
All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, no sharp objects, no umbrellas, no liquids, no strollers, and no signs will be allowed into the venue. Cameras are permitted.
Leaving your guns at home isn’t mentioned in the official White House announcement, but it would be the decent, Minnesota Nice thing not to tote weapons outside the venue as has been done outside Obama events in other states.
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