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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

President Obama begins swing through Pacific Northwest in Portland, Oregon

This afternoon, President Barack Obama arrives in the Pacific Northwest to campaign for John Kitzhaber and Patty Murray as part of the first leg of a longer trip through the west on behalf of Democratic candidates.

Air Force One took off from Andrews Air Force Base about four hours ago, and is due to touch down at Portland's Air National Guard Station in an hour. The President — who is watching the Yankees/Rangers game en route, according to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs — will first participate in a photo reception with Kitzhaber donors before speaking to a crowd of thousands at the Oregon Convention Center in northeast Portland.

After the rally, the President and his team will make the short hop up the I-5 corridor to Seattle's Boeing Field. They are expected to arrive a few minutes before ten o'clock. Tomorrow morning at 10, the President will facilitate a backyard discussion at a home in Seattle (we can't tell you where, for security reasons).

Then he'll be at the University of Washington's Hec Edmundson Pavilion for the big rally with Patty Murray, addressing the crowd at about 11:40 AM.

Immediately after he finishes speaking and shaking hands, his motorcade will head back to Boeing Field and Air Force One will take off for California.

To watch the Kitzhaber rally in Portland, head over to UStream. The President is scheduled to start speaking at around 6:45 PM or so.

Our friends from BlueOregon are at the event and will be tweeting throughout.


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