Obama to visit Billings, Bozeman

By Beacon Staff

BILLINGS – Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama will hold a town hall meeting in Billings and a rally in Bozeman next week, a campaign spokesman said Thursday.

Spokesman Matt Chandler said Obama would hold the meeting at Billings West High School on Monday morning to “focus on the hard working families in Montana and across the nation.” He will then travel to Bozeman for a rally at Montana State University on Monday evening.

It will be the Illinois senator’s second trip to the state this year. He visited Butte in April at the same time as his Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Montana’s June 3 primary is the last in the nation, along with South Dakota.

Obama and Clinton have opened campaign offices in Montana. But Obama already has begun airing radio and television ads in the state and has been increasing his lead in delegates and key superdelegates that could decide the nomination.

Three of Montana’s eight superdelegates have endorsed him, while a fourth has indicated she will too. The rest have not declared a preference.

Chandler said the town hall meeting and rally are free and open to the public, but seating is limited and a ticket is required. Doors at Billings West will open at 9 a.m. and the program is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Obama campaign office in Billings, Chandler said.

Tickets to the rally will be distributed by Obama’s campaign office in Bozeman from Friday morning through Monday. The rally will be held at the Brick Breeden Field House at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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