For Small Iowa Town, Obama Visit Creates Big Buzz
CREATED Oct. 17, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - Retired Iowa lawmaker Ro Foege has lived in Mount Vernon for decades, and he's never seen anything like the scene before President Barack Obama's visit.
Foege watched as thousands of Obama supporters, Cornell College students and voters of all ages waited outside a gymnasium for the president Wednesday morning. Foege says he can't remember anything "bigger or more important" for the city of 4,500 people.
College students camped out overnight to make sure they got good seats and made T-shirts to commemorate the visit. Obama volunteers handed out stickers and absentee ballot applications. Downtown shops put pictures of the president in their windows.
Mitt Romney supporters gathered outside Memorial Park to protest Obama's visit. They stood next to a tractor painted red and blue and emblazoned with "Romney-Ryan 2012" slogans.
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