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UPDATE: President Obama campaigns in Mount Vernon

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After the second presidential debate Tuesday night, President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in eastern Iowa Wednesday. 

Retired Iowa lawmaker Ro Foege has lived in Mount Vernon for decades, and he's never seen anything like the scene before President Barack Obama's visit.

Foege watched as thousands of Obama supporters, Cornell College students and voters of all ages waited outside a gymnasium for the president Wednesday morning. Foege says he can't remember anything "bigger or more important" for the city of 4,500 people.

This is the first time a sitting president has visited the campus in the college's 159 year history. 

"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.

President Obama did visit Cornell College in 2008 as a candidate.

College students camped out overnight to make sure they got good seats and made T-shirts to commemorate the visit. Obama volunteers handed out stickers and absentee ballot applications. Downtown shops put pictures of the president in their windows.

Mitt Romney supporters gathered outside Memorial Park to protest Obama's visit. They stood next to a tractor painted red and blue and emblazoned with "Romney-Ryan 2012" slogans. The Republican presidential candidate campaigned in Virginia on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama is ridiculing rival Mitt Romney's 5-point plan for the economy as a "sketchy deal" that boils down to helping the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

Obama told a political rally at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, that Romney won't reveal details about how to pay for his proposed 20% cut in tax rates.

The president says that when politicians say they will wait to explain plans until after the election, "they don't have a pleasant surprise in store for you."

Playing off a Romney response during Tuesday's presidential debate, Obama says that when it comes to recruiting new math and science teachers "we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women."

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