Obama to rally at Northrop Mall


President Barack Obama will host a rally at Northrop Mall for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton on Oct. 23, Students Organizing for American president Jeb Saelens said. 

Saelens said his group, an organizing arm of the Obama administration, would help organize the rally.

“It’ll help energize our fellow Democrats,” Dayton said of Obama’s visit to Minneapolis on Saturday. “Any time the President of the United States comes to Minnesota … It’s an honor for our state.”

The president’s visit is the latest in a string of high-profile visits to the state by Democrats supporting Dayton, including Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton, beginning in mid-September.

The news didn’t bother Dayton’s Republican opponent Tom Emmer, who hosted a fundraiser with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich Oct. 6.

“There’s nothing to be afraid of when you’re trying to share a message of a different vision for the future of this state,” Emmer said.

The Obama rally will begin a DFL voting campaign for a host of candidates across Minnesota including Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Attorney General Lori Swanson and State Auditor Rebecca Otto.

Obama was originally going to hold only a closed fundraiser, but recently agreed to the Dayton campaign’s request for a public event, Dayton spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci said.

Obama last rallied in Minneapolis for health care reform in September 2009.