Kerry’s Wisconsin tour starts in downtown Milwaukee Monday night Barrett, rock musician Grohl will share rally stage with candidate
By DAN BENSON
Posted: Aug. 1, 2004
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will kick off a two-day swing across southern Wisconsin tonight with an appearance at Pere Marquette Park in downtown Milwaukee.
Kerry is scheduled to appear at 7:15 p.m. The park will be open to the public at 4:30 p.m.
Kerry will be accompanied by his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, but not by his running mate, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who is scheduled to be in Florida today.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett also will appear on stage with Kerry, said George Twigg, a Kerry campaign spokesman.
In an attempt to draw youthful voters, Twigg said, Dave Grohl of the rock band Foo Fighters will perform at the rally.
Tonight’s rally is the first stop on Kerry’s bus tour across southern Wisconsin.
On Tuesday, Kerry will travel by bus to Beloit for a town hall meeting and then head west, concluding his day in northeastern Iowa.
Kerry’s Beloit appearance will be held at the Jerry W. Edwards Activity and Sports Center. The event is limited to invited guests; gates will open at 10:30 a.m.
The Wisconsin visit is one leg in a 3,500-mile, 21-state, two-week tour, dubbed the “Believe in America” tour, that began in Boston after the Democratic National Convention and will end in California.
During the tour, Kerry is expected to reiterate his stance on issues he addressed at last week’s convention, especially health care and employment in the manufacturing sector.
“Those are issues that resonate especially strongly with Wisconsinites,” Twigg said.
Streets around Pere Marquette Park will be closed to traffic during Kerry’s appearance.
Old World 3rd St. will be closed between State and Kilbourn streets from 3 to 8 p.m. State St. between Edison and Old World 3rd streets will be closed from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
More than a dozen workers from Clearwing Productions in West Allis were busy Sunday afternoon erecting lights, stages and seating areas in preparation for Kerry’s appearance tonight.
Kerry-Edwards Campaign: Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters to Perform at Kerry Rally
For Immediate Release
Contact: George Twigg, 608-260-2411
Free Performance Will Take Place at Downtown Milwaukee Rally on Monday
Milwaukee, WI – Dave Grohl, frontman for the Foo Fighters, will perform at John Kerry’s rally in downtown Milwaukee on Monday. The event is free and open to the public.
Grohl is considered one of rock and roll’s greatest drummers, but has more recently made a name for himself as the frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band the Foo Fighters. The band won two Grammy Awards in 2001, for Best Rock Album and Best Short Form Music Video. Grohl has been actively campaigning for Kerry around the country, and the Foo Fighters recently contributed a track to the CD compilation “Rock Against Bush Vol. II”.
Tickets are free and available to the public. Tickets can be obtained in any of the following ways:
· Go to http://www.johnkerry.com/wisconsin · Call (414) 344-1586 · Stop by the Kerry campaign Milwaukee headquarters at 2040 West Wisconsin Ave., Suite 2024
The Milwaukee rally is the first stop on Kerry’s bus tour across southern Wisconsin. On Tuesday, Kerry will travel by bus to Beloit for an event, and then continue across the southern part of the state towards northeastern Iowa.
The bus tour is part of an historic journey that John Kerry and John Edwards are taking from coast-to-coast – from the birthplace of the American revolution to the place where dreams are made. The trip across America will span two weeks, cover over 3,500 miles and include a fleet of buses, trains and boats. It will kick-off with a send-off celebration in Boston on the Friday after the Democratic convention, barnstorming through 21 states in every region of the country.