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Clinton set to arrive today

October 18, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WINTERSVILLE - Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to arrive at 2:45 pm. today at Indian Creek High School to make a speech in support of President Barack Obama's re-election.

Tickets were distributed Wednesday in Steubenville, Martins Ferry and Lisbon.

Parking for the event will be held at St. Florian Hall, and shuttle buses will transport people to the high school.

Clinton was scheduled to be in Parma earlier today and travel to Wintersville for the event.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Wintersville Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be providing security for the event.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Clinton's schedule could change at any time.

Classes at the high school and Wintersville Elementary School were to continue today as normal, said John Rocchi, Indian Creek superintendent. He noted vehicle traffic is a problem at the high school and elementary school on a normal day, prompting planners to move the parking for the Clinton event to St. Florian Hall.

This is the second time in four years Clinton has been in Jefferson County. Four years ago he was at Steubenville High School in a campaign stop for his wife, Hillary, when she running in the Democratic presidential primary.

At the same time today the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign bus will stop in Steubenville at 3:30 p.m.

Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Dr. Brian Wilson said the campaign bus will stop near the Jefferson County Board of Elections at 117 N. Third St. today as part of a "Get Out the Vote" effort.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and a congresswoman from Washington will attend the campaign event.

"Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan will not be there (today) but we hope to have a great turnout for these elected officials and show our support for the Romney and Ryan ticket," said Wilson.

The Romney-Ryan campaign bus has been touring Ohio to promote early voting.

The campaign bus was in Lisbon last week, and campaign officials indicated the bus will make stops in all of Ohio's 88 counties.

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