Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Both Sides Gear Up For Obama

Both Sides Have Big Obama Plans

While I wait for word on my press pass, Republicans are pretty set with their plans for Obama day, with the big event scheduled for tonight and a big, sorta, name.
National Leader to Headline Stand Up for Freedom Rally

Indiana Congressman Mike Pence to Address Tonight’s Rally in Iowa City

It's not Pence's first trip to Iowa. Well, actually, it's not a trip to Iowa at all, it says a couple grafs down:
Due to the congressional schedule, Pence will address the Stand Up for Freedom Rally via Skype from Washington, DC

Still, us longtime caucus watchers know what it means.

Here's the live and in person speaker list
The Stand Up for Freedom Rally is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, on the East Lawn of the Pentacrest at the University of Iowa. Iowans can register for the Stand Up for Freedom Rally at

Iowa GOP officials also announced the confirmed list of speakers at tonight’s rally includes:

Matt Strawn, Chairman, Republican Party of Iowa
Natalie Ginty, Univ. of Iowa College Republicans
Brenna Findley, Candidate for Iowa Attorney General
Rob Gettemy, Candidate for U.S. Congress
Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Candidate for U.S. Congress
Steve Rathje, Candidate for U.S. Congress
Christopher Reed, Candidate for U.S. Congress

As for Obama hour itself, here's the GOP drill:
Time: March 25, 2010 from 12pm to 1:30pm
Location: University of Iowa Field House
Street: 225 South Grand Avenue
City/Town: Iowa City
Website or Map: http://teapartypatriots.ning.…
Phone: 319-341-3459
Event Type: protest, obamacare

Dems who can't get in to the speech itself, meanwhile, are hoping to outnumber:
Event: Health Care Rally & March on Day of President's Visit to Iowa City
Start Time: Thursday, March 25 at 10:00am
End Time: Thursday, March 25 at 11:00am
Where: Pedestrian Mall (Fountain Area)

Dems also have an after-party scheduled:

After the President's speech on Thursday, please join OFA for a special event to celebrate the passage of health reform featuring Iowa Governor Chet Culver, Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge, and other special guests!

A Celebration of Health Reform
Thursday, March 25th from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Mill
120 East Burlington Street, Iowa City

No word on a Republican post-event event, though their annual spaghetti supper was previously scheduled for Friday night.

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