President Obama will land in Minnesota today at noon and stay through Friday.
Today, the president will arrive shortly after noon and participate in an invitation-only town hall at Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Park at 2:10 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., he will attend a high-dollar fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at Sam and Sylvia Kaplan's Minneapolis home. The Kaplans have long been major Democratic donors and Obama appointed Sam Kaplan as U.S. ambassador to Morocco.
On Friday, Obama will speak about the economy at Minneapolis’ Lake Harriet Band Shell. The event is open to the public, but advance tickets are required.
The trip to the state will be Obama’s seventh, and his first overnight stay here as president. He also visited Minnesota three times as he campaigned for the office in 2008.
U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will not fly to Minnesota with President Obama this morning because of a Senate vote to confirm Stuart Jones as the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.
The Senate vote is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. EST. Air Force One will depart Andrews Air Force shortly after 11 a.m.
“[Klobuchar] will return to Minnesota later this afternoon and looks forward to events with the President over the next two days,” said Brigit Helgen, the senator’s spokeswoman.
Franken spokesman Ed Shelleby said: “Because of today’s Senate vote to confirm the Ambassador to Iraq, Sen. Franken needs to be in Washington and will not be able to travel with the President to Minnesota, but he looks forward to spending time with the President in Minnesota tomorrow.”
WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar will ride out with President Barack Obama Thursday to Minneapolis and attend events with him both days, staffers confirmed Wednesday.
Both Franken and Klobuchar say they want to talk to the president on the plane about the recent flooding in Minnesota.
Klobuchar will speak at the Lake Harriet Bandshell Friday, where Obama is scheduled to make a speech on the economy.
Neither office was able to confirm attendance Tuesday because the Senate voting schedule was still in flux.
Other confirmed Democrats from the Congressional delegation attending at least some of the events with Obama: Rep. Rick Nolan, Rep. Tim Walz, Rep. Betty McCollum and Rep. Keith Ellison. Rep. Collin Peterson will not go to any of them.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton was enthusiastic about the visit earlier in the week, telling the Strib: "I would be glad to appear with President Obama," he said. "I would want to appear with any president of any political party."
Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and Fox News host Neil Cavuto tangled Wednesday during a debate on the House GOP plans to sue President Obama, alleging that he's failed to carry out laws passed by Congress.
Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday that the Republican-led House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a lawsuit.
“Has the president overreached with his power? Absolutely he has,” Bachmann said. “The Constitution is a stop sign for the president … You can’t do anything you want.”
Cavuto called the proposed vote and lawsuit an “enormous waste of effort.”
Later in the five-minute interview, Bachmann suggested Republicans vote to defund the executive branch.
“Make it hurt,” she said. “If they don’t have money, they don’t have power.”
In response, Cavuto accused Bachmann of “being silly.”
“I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now. There are far more important things you guys have to be addressing than filing lawsuits past each other,” Cavuto said. “Think about what you are saying. The Democrats would be in their right mind to laugh you out.”
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans a town hall meeting in Minnehaha Park, an economic speech at Lake Harriet, an overnight in Bloomington, along with the Minneapolis Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser, in his two-day Twin Cities trip, White House officials said Tuesday.
White House officials told the Star Tribune late Monday the president was also spending part of Thursday in the shoes of a Minneapolis mother who wrote him a compelling letter about her struggles trying to keep afloat in the middle class.
"There are actually policies out there that could end up making a difference in her life if we could get Washington to work on her behalf," Obama said in a Youtube video the White House released broadly Tuesday in advance of the trip.
General public tickets will be distributed on Wednesday beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55419.
One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited space, the White House will only be able to distribute a limited number of tickets.
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