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Obama will visit Wednesday

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Gazette Staff and Associated Press
February 12, 2008
— Tahoes, Yukons, Suburbans and presidential candidates.

On Wednesday morning, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will appear at Janesville’s General Motors plant.


“We had a conference call this morning, and it appears the visit is going to be at the plant,” GM spokeswoman Mary Fanning said.


At this point, it appears Obama will meet only with workers inside the plant, and no event for the public is planned, said Rep. Mike Sheridan, D-Janesville, who also is president of UAW Local 95.


“I’ve been talking with the campaign, and we’re trying to get him to make another stop in the community,” Sheridan said.


Obama spokesman Dan Leistikow said the logistics of Obama’s appearance still are being worked out.


Sheridan hopes the campaign will stop at one of the local convention centers or at First Congregational Church. The church extended an invitation to Obama earlier this year.


Obama will arrive at the GM plant between 10 and 10:30 a.m., said Lt. Dan Davis of the Janesville Police Department.


“We’re still working out the details of what can and can’t happen during the event,” Sheridan said.


The U.S. Secret Service did not reveal his route and has asked for minimal police assistance, Davis told The Janesville Gazette.


Janesville police will shut down some intersections on the city’s south side near the plant, but officers this morning didn’t yet know which ones.


Security could require up to 10 Janesville officers, Davis said. If it requires 10 or more, the department will pay the officers overtime. If it requires fewer than 10, the department will try to use officers on normal shifts.


No more details about Obama’s visit were available at press time, but information will be posted on the Gazette’s Web site, www.gazettextra.com, throughout the day.


With Obama and Clinton running neck-and-neck in delegate counts, every state matters.


Democratic candidates need 2,025 of 4,049 party delegates to win the nomination.


Wisconsin Democrats will send 92 delegates to the convention that starts Aug. 25 in Denver. Seventy-four delegates go proportionately to the candidates based on primary results in each of the eight congressional districts.


But 18 super delegates aren’t bound by the primary vote and can support any candidate they choose. Only six have decided whom they will support.



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