President Barack Obama may attract the Democrats during his Saturday rally but Republican hope to gin up some excitement of their own.
Obama will rally for Mark Dayton
Obama will be in town to fete DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton at the University of Minnesota at 1 p.m. At that time Saturday, Republican Tom Emmer will be rallying his own faithful at Godfather's Pizza in Burnsville. Unless that's the world's biggest pizza joint, Obama and Dayton may have numbers on their side at that moment.
GOP plans some rallies of its own
Emmer will also appear at three other rallies: in Woodbury (with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann at 11:30 am), in Chanhassen (with state Sen. Julianne Ortman at 2:30 p.m.) and in Minnetonka (with U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen at 4:30 p.m.)
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."