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University of Iowa, Iowa City prepare for president's arrival

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - As President Obama prepares to speak on his recently-signed health care legislation, Iowa City and the University of Iowa are getting ready for a big crowd, according to university spokesperson Tom Moore.

"The Secret Service is also interacting with the university's public safety office, to discuss just what kind of security measures they're going to take," said Moore.

For security reasons, we were not allowed in the Field House on Wednesday, where White House staff worked on setting the stage for the Commander-in-Chief.

Meanwhile, on the university pentacrest, the Republican Party of Iowa set up for another crowd.

"Republicans and a lot of Iowans are concerned with what they saw this weekend, with the passage of this trillion-dollar debt-laden health care bill that fundamentally puts the government in an unprecedented amount of control with personal health care decisions," said Matt Strawn, party chair. Strawn hopes that young people angry with the recently-signed health care bill will voice their disapproval while the president is in town.

"They have the most to lose with this health care bill, quite frankly, because it puts a debt that they're going to be paying for, actually for generations."

As for those attending Thursday's speech, Moore suggested treating the event, like many football fans treat home games.

"A good bit of advice is to park in the downtown Iowa City area, and there will be shuttle buses that Cambus will run every 5 minutes from the north side of the Old Capitol Town Center."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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