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Both Republicans and Democrats have big-names headlining events in Springfield in the next few days. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Both Republicans and Democrats have big-names headlining events in Springfield in the next few days.
And the President will be in Jefferson City, Missouri next Tuesday to talk about the Medicare prescription drug benefit at a senior living center.
But on Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney will be in Springfield at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. He's coming for a fundraiser for Senator Jim Talent's campaign.
Talent is running to keep the seat he won in November, 2002.
His likely democratic opponent is state auditor Claire McCaskill.
Talent was in Springfield recently, talking about passage of his legislation that's designed to fight methamphetamine production.
At that press conference, he said he's looking forward to the Vice President's visit.
Earlier this week, First Lady Laura Bush was in St Louis campaigning for Talent.
Talent says Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Springfield is the start of a campaign season that could bring other well-known officials and politicians to Southwest Missouri on behalf of his campaign.
A spokeswoman for the McCaskill campaign tells the Associated Press that Cheney's visit shows Talent doesn't think he can beat McCaskill on his own.
As for democrats in Springfield...They'll get to hear from a possible presidential contender...Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner will speak at Jackson Days this evening at 7 at the Clarion Hotel...Organizers expect 700 people to attend.
In a phone interview with KSMU this afternoon, Warner says he'll urge democrats to move to the center as they try to appeal to more voters in the 2008 presidential race.
In addition to talking about domestic issues, Warner says he'll talk tonight about Iraq and efforts to fight terrorism.
Earlier today, Warner was in St Louis for a fundraiser for his political action committee.
Warner will wrap up his trip to Missouri with a fundraising breakfast tomorrow in Kansas City.