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Officials preparing for Bill Clinton's visit Wednesday

Former president to speak at Assembly Hall to support wife

By Sarah Morin
331-4363 | smorin@heraldt.com
April 1, 2008

Rally details
Bill Clinton’s Wednesday visit will be an address with no questions or comments from the audience, according to Jonathan Swain, a Hillary Clinton spokesman in Indiana.
It’s unknown how many seats will be available, but the free event is first-come, first-served.
“One of the great things about Assembly Hall is it allows a lot of flexibility. Hopefully, we will have a seat for everybody who wants to come out Wednesday,” Swain said.
Cameras are allowed, but signs may or may not be taken at the door.

Local law enforcement and Indiana University officials met with Secret Service agents Monday afternoon to plan for Wednesday’s arrival of former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton will attend a 2 p.m. rally in Bloomington’s Assembly Hall to build support for his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

His afternoon Bloomington stop will cap off a four-stop tour of southern Indiana.

The Bloomington Police Department hosted a meeting to discuss security and logistics of the rally with other law enforcement agencies and the federal Secret Service.

“We’ll be in constant contact with them,” said Capt. Tony Pope. “Our concern at the police department is he have a safe trip here and leave Bloomington as well or better than when he got here.”

Pope said BPD will be in charge of patrolling the outside of Assembly Hall, with a focus on traffic.

Indiana University police and the Secret Service will be inside the massive Indiana University athletic building.

Traffic changes aren’t expected Wednesday — at least on city streets. “I don’t foresee us restricting traffic at this point,” Pope said Monday after the meeting.

As for Indiana University police, officers will be monitoring traffic, both pedestrian and vehicle, pretty much the same as with a basketball game, said IUPD Capt. Jerry Minger.

“We’re not the primary agency, of course,” Minger said. “All plans for security are through the Secret Service. And specifics for any kind of security detail aren’t made public anyway.”

A call to the Secret Service was not returned Monday.

Bill Clinton’s appearance in Bloomington comes on the heels of his daughter’s March 24 visit to the IU Auditorium.

Both Bill and Chelsea Clinton toured Indiana last week in support of Hillary Clinton, with two joint father-daughter stops in South Bend.

The presidential hopeful herself followed up with a six-stop “Hoosiers for Hillary Heartland” tour last weekend.

Bill Clinton will continue with the “Solutions for Amercia” theme.

Here is the former two-term president’s Wednesday itinerary:

Columbus: 9 a.m., Fire Station No. 2, 2376 Arnold St.

Seymour: 10:45 a.m., Seymour Senior High School, 1350 W. Second St.

Bedford: 12:30 p.m., Bedford Middle School, 1501 N St.

Bloomington: 2 p.m., Assembly Hall, Indiana University, corner of 17th Street and Fee Lane.

Reporter Brady Gillihan contributed to this report.