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Obama's visit to Cornell College first in 159 year history

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The stage is being set for a little bit of history Wednesday in Mount Vernon.

"We're really excited.  This is just a great opportunity for our students to hear from a sitting president," said Jamie Kelly, Cornell College spokesman.

Wednesday preparations were being made for President Obama's visit to Cornell College.  Obama was on campus in 2008 as a candidate, but never before has a sitting president visited there.

The rally will put the school of 1200 students in the political spotlight on the heels of Tuesday night's debate.

"The fact that he deems this a place to come immediately after the debate and to push his message, I think that's a clear indication of how he views this state," said Hans Hassell, Cornell College Assistant Professor of Politics.

With poll numbers showing the state up for grab, and three weeks to go until Election Day, Hassell expects campaign activity in the state to intensify even further.

"The majority of people are not going to be focused on the day-to-day activities of the campaign, so campaigns are having to use a large number of resources with these individuals that aren't paying attention necessarily to the process."

Even with early voting well underway in Iowa, the belief is plenty can still be swayed.

Among the undecided vote, Cornell freshman Jake Slusher who will be paying close attention to Tuesday's debate and the president's speech Wednesday.

"I hope they talk a lot about unemployment tonight, and the economy, and how they plan to pursue the future of the economy," Slusher said.

Iowa is once again poised to play a significant role in electing the country's next president.

Republicans will be shadowing the president's visit Wednesday.  House speaker John Boehner holding an event in Coralville Wednesday.  Both Obama and Boehner are expected to address the economy.

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