AUSTIN EDITION Home stretch visit

Kerry to make another stop in the area

By Matthew Stolle

Feeling the political love yet?

If not, you'll have at least one more time to feel it. Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry is scheduled to appear in Rochester on Wednesday for a public rally, the Kerry-Edwards campaign announced.


Named the "Fresh Start for America Rally," the event will be at at 11 a.m. at Mayo Civic Center's Taylor Arena.

The announcement indicates that that the Kerry campaign has not given up on the traditionally Republican bastion, even though high-profile visits by the Bush-Cheney campaign have outnumbered those by the Kerry-Edwards crowd.

Kerry's planned appearance in Rochester comes exactly a week after President Bush campaigned there in a hangar at Rochester International Airport. Kerry's appearance brings to five the number of presidential and vice presidential campaign visits to the area within the past two months: Two by Bush, two by Kerry, and one by Vice President Dick Cheney.

Kerry campaign spokeswoman Stacie Paxton said Wednesday's event will be open to the public.

Tickets are required -- the; tickets are free -- and; they can be downloaded from a location on the Kerry-Edwards campaign Web site,, or picked up at the Olmsted County DFL Party office, 2002 Second St. S.W.

Announcement of the Rochester event comes within days of a Kerry campaign rally at the Metrodome attended by tens of thousands of supporters.

Minnesota and its 10 electoral votes have been by won by Democratic presidential candidates for the last three decades. But polls show this state to be in a virtual dead heat.

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