Vote 2012: Voters, Volunteers Prepare for Romney's Cedar Rapids Visit
By Jill Kasparie, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The political scene is heating up in Iowa as both presidential candidates work to win the support of Eastern Iowans with less than two weeks until Election Day.
Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will speak in front of crowds just 90 miles apart. Wednesday at about 10 a.m., President Obama will campaign in Davenport with a rally at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Hours after President Obama leaves Eastern Iowa, his opponent Governor Romney will arrive for his own rally. Romney will speak at Landmark Aviation at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids at around 7 p.m.
Landmark Aviation’s General Manager Chad Fulcher said the event came together rather quickly. Several people worked hard to set up everything from a stage to bleachers for the crowd.
"They just called and said, 'Hey, we're flying in, we'd like to host an event.' I asked the time, roughly what they needed and I looked into it and obviously we were able to accommodate it,” Fulcher said.
Many websites are tracking both candidates, like Democracy in Action of the George Washington University in Washington D.C.
According to the site, both candidates have made seven trips to Iowa since June. Some of those included stops in several cities. President Obama has been in Linn County during three of his seven trips. Wednesday marks Romney's first stop in Linn County during the final five months of the campaign. The rally will also be Governor Romney's first general election campaign stop in Cedar Rapids.
“The fact that you've got Mitt coming to town, it tells you one, how important Cedar Rapids is, how important Linn County is and so we're just thrilled he's here. We have had the president here a lot, so it's nice to have Romney back in town,” Rep. Renee Schulte said.
With the word of his pending visit, the Republican Victory Office in Cedar Rapids filled with people Tuesday. Campaign workers handed out tickets for the event all day long. As of Wednesday morning, tickets were still available at the campaign office. Organizers are expecting about 2,000 people to attend the rally, which will focus on economic recovery.
"We're really, real really excited. Things have really picked up in Cedar Rapids and in Linn County, and I think with his visit, it will really push things further,” Romney Volunteer Dee Johnson said.
Volunteers are working around the clock to get out the vote. That's the focus as Election Day draws closer with people on the phones and door knockers making the rounds in Cedar Rapids.
Both candidates are hoping their efforts win them Iowa's six electoral votes.
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