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President's Madison visit includes hotel stay


MADISON (WKOW) -- Just two hours before President Barack Obama's final campaign stop in Wisconsin was marked by an impassioned speech to try to get-out-the-vote, he put in a 30-minute cardio workout in the small fitness center of a Madison hotel.

Sheraton Hotel Sales Director Ranette Maurer tells 27 News the president stayed in a seventh floor suite as an overnight guest, arriving about 3 a.m. Monday.

Even though the Obama campaign only publicly confirmed the president's planned Madison visit last Thursday, Maurer says she and her staff began planning to secure 150 rooms and two floors of the high-rise hotel for the presidential entourage last Tuesday.

Maurer says the hotel's other 80 guests Sunday only learned they were about to share accommodations with the leader of the free world a few hours before his arrival.

The entrance to the hotel on John Nolen Drive was barricaded by police, with a cohort of security vehicles taking up most of the hotel's parking stalls.

President Obama's campaign speech Monday led to most of the streets of the downtown's inner corridor being blocked off to traffic.

Some rooms of the State Capitol with direct views of the stage area for the presidential visit were also cordoned off.

Visitor tours still took place, with Paul Devine, of Montville, New Jersey, taking in the history of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Devine and his wife were only in Madison visiting their daughter, because electricity has yet to be restored to their home, after an outage caused by superstorm Sandy.

Devine says he believes the president and U.S. government are doing a satisfactory job in responding to the storm's aftermath, but he planned to skip the President's speech a couple blocks away.



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