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Preparations get underway for President Obama's Madison visit

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Parts of downtown Madison were turned into construction zones Sunday as preparations got underway for President Obama's visit Monday morning. Parking was limited and streets were blocked off while crews set up stages and risers to accommodate the rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

"I think it's awesome that he's coming back and getting the area excited about the election and his campaign," Madison resident Amy Jesse said. This will be the President's third stop in Wisconsin in just five days. Saturday, about 20,000 people turned out to see him speak in Milwaukee. Experts say he's sure to draw a big crowd in Madison too. "The Obama folks want to make sure their base really does turn out and they have the same number of people going to the polls that they're expecting to," said University of Wisconsin-Madison Political Science Professor David Canon.

"I couldn't imagine a better place for him to come," said Madison resident Jill Davis said about the location. President Obama will be joined at the rally by rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

But not everyone is happy about the event. "To(o) much for downtown on a Monday morning!!! Really getting to work will be BAD!!!" Jackie Mernah posted on WKOW's Facebook page. Wendy Crary posted in part, "Another day of disruption in Madison. Another day of my tax dollars at both State & Federal level being spent in a way I do not support."

The Wisconsin State Journal reports President Obama's October 4 visit to UW-Madison campus cost the Madison Police Department $130,000.

Here is the link if you would like to RSVP for the President's event in Madison. Doors open at 7:00 a.m.

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