Minnesota Democrats will stay busy when the Republican National Convention kicks off next Monday in St. Paul. The Barack Obama campaign in Minnesota has scheduled a “Camp Obama” session that day, just a mile or so away from the Republican gathering at the Xcel Energy Center.
The training camp will offer “unique, in-depth practice in the strategies and techniques that drive this campaign. The half-day training is led by experienced Obama campaign staffers and other top organizers,” says the official announcement.
It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Labor Day at the Carpenters Hall, 710 Olive St., just northeast of downtown St. Paul.
There’s a major anti-war protest march from the Capitol to the Xcel Energy Center that same day, starting at 11 a.m., which presumably will draw some of the Obama-ites.
Obama spokesman Nick Kimball — yes, he’s my nephew — says several hundred people have already signed up for the camp. The campaign plans to spend the week of the RNC talking directly to voters. — Joe Kimball