Minnesotans plan ‘Camp Obama’ for Labor Day

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

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