Sunday, September 07, 2008 By Aaron Brown
I think this is an interesting way to get a message out. Barack Obama has been conspicuously absent from Minnesota airwaves, so I get the feeling that the campaign is taking its modest lead in the polls here "out for a spin" to see if they can use grassroots campaigning instead of traditional media. I think it's interesting and certainly much more interactive, but I'll still feel better when I see some reinforcement ads up on Minnesota TV. The ones McCain has been running are blowing the dog whistle on those trashy anti-Obama e-mail forwards.
Check out the complete list of towns and themes for the Heartland for Change tour. Here are the northern events:
Wednesday, September 10
THEME: Supporting the Rights and Traditions of Rural Minnesotans
· FOSSTON: Coffee Stop
Program Begins: 10:45 AM
Speakers: Rep. Brita Sailer and Sen. Rod Skoe
· BEMIDJI: Town Hall with Students
Location: Bemidji State University
Program Begins: 1:00 p.m.
Speakers: Rep. Frank Moe and Sen. Mary Olson
· GRAND RAPIDS Roundtable: Respecting the Rights of Sportsmen
Location: Bixby's Café
1009 S Pokegama Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN
Program Begins: 4:00 p.m.
Speakers: Rep. Loren Solberg and Sen. Tom Saxhaug
· BRAINERD: Economic Round Table
Last Turn Saloon
214 S. 8th St.
Program Begins: 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Rep. John Ward
No events on Sept. 11
Friday, September 12
THEME: Fulfilling a Sacred Trust with America’s Veterans
· ELY: Honoring America’s Veterans
Program Begins: 9:30 AM
Speakers: Rep. David Dill and Sen. Tom Bakk
· VIRGINIA Round Table: Building a 21st Century Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Obama Campaign for Change Headquarters
327 Chestnut Street
Program Begins: 12:00 p.m.
Speakers: Rep. Tom Rukavina and Sen. David Tomassoni
· HIBBING: Sportsmen Round Table
Program Begins: 2:00 p.m.
Speakers: Rep. Tony Sertich and Sen. David Tomassoni
Saturday, September 13th
THEME: Sustainable Economic Development in Greater Minnesota
· DULUTH: Rally for Change/Canvass Kick Off
Program Begins: 9:30 a.m.
Speakers: Rep. Mary Murphy and Sen. Tom Bakk