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Bush, Kerry Head to St. Louis Today for Debate

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Workers on Thursday were putting together the hall for Friday's debate (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – President Bush and Senator John Kerry will arrive in St. Louis today (Thursday) ahead of Friday night's presidential debate.

The town-hall style debate will be the candidates' second of three meetings.

Both campaigns have also said the candidates will stay in St. Louis after tomorrow night's debate. President Bush and Senator John Kerry plan on attending their own post-debate rallies. The President will also attend a fundraiser breakfast on Saturday morning.

Police say security will be expectedly tighter than it was when Washington University in St. Louis last hosted a presidential debate in 2000.

St. Louisans could also be in for a rough Thursday night on the roads.

The President and senator's arrivals in the past have meant shutting down interstate highways for a short time while their motorcades pass. But thousands of baseball fans will also be heading downtown tonight to see a Cardinals playoff game.

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