Additional info. released on Obama visit to Council Bluffs


August 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A campaign official has released additional information about President Barack Obama’s visit to Council Bluffs on Monday, August 13th. The campaign reports  the president will be in Bayliss Park in downtown Council Bluffs, with entry to the park allowed beginning at 9:15 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entrance.

One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for the event will be available beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Organizing for America Council Bluffs office at 1851 Madison Ave., Suite 200, or the Organizing for America Omaha office at 347 N. 76th St. in Omaha.

Obama’s stop in Council Bluffs is part of a three-day campaign trip in Iowa, making his longest visit to a single state yet as he works to reach deeper into battleground states. It will be Obama’s fifth trip to Iowa this year and is similar to that of his 2008 Iowa caucus campaign. His Republican challenger in the November election, Mitt Romney was in Iowa this week.  Romney held a private fundraiser Tuesday night and a public event Wednesday morning at a Des Moines high school. It was Romney’s fourth visit to Iowa since clinching the GOP nomination.

Obama’s visit will begin Monday, and he’ll wend his way across the state with stops in smaller cities less often visited by presidents seeking re-election, campaign aides said. After Council Bluffs, he’ll go to Boone, then stop Tuesday in Marshalltown, Oskaloosa and Waterloo before closing the trip with events in Dubuque and Davenport on Wednesday. First lady Michelle Obama is expected to join the president for the Wednesday events.

Although a stop at the iconic Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is not on Obama’s preliminary schedule, the president often makes unannounced stops – and the fair will be entering its fifth day as Obama arrives.