Vote 2012: Obama, Romney to Both Campaign in Dubuque on Saturday

FILE - In these Aug. 2012 file photos, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, campaign in swing states, Obama in Leesburg, Va., and Romney in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photos)


By Aaron Hepker

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque will be the center of the race for the White House Saturday, as both President Obama and republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will both be campaigning in the Key City.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that Mitt Romney will hold a campaign rally around mid-day at Dubuque Regional Airport. The paper reports that further details are still being worked out.

The Obama for America Campaign announced Wednesday the President will hold a Grassroots event at Washington Park in Dubuque on Saturday. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available beginning Thursday, November 1 at 3:00 p.m. at the Roshek Building Lobby, Dubuque County Democratic Headquarters and at Loras College.

This will be the second visit to Dubuque for both candidates during their campaigns.

The candidates' visits mark a final push for Iowa's six electoral votes in this tight race for the presidency. The visits will also get attention across the border in western Wisconsin, which is also considered a battleground state.

Iowa's getting a flurry of visits by candidates and surrogates. Romney campaigned Monday in Davenport. Bill Clinton is campaigning across Iowa for Obama on Wednesday and Vice President Joe Biden stops Thursday in Muscatine and Fort Dodge.

A new Hawkeye Poll showing Mitt Romney with a slight lead over President Obama probably is all that’s needed to explain why both candidates will be in Iowa Saturday.

The poll, released Oct. 31, found the GOP challenger leading the president 45.2 percent to 44.4 percent among voters who said they plan to vote.

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