Obama Will Kick Off Campaign at GOP Convention Site

This is actually pretty clever politically although come November not too many people are going to remember it.

Barack Obama will kick off his general election campaign Tuesday in Minneapolis-St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center - the site of the
GOP convention:

Senior political officials tell Politico's Mike Allen that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).is likely to hold a huge rally Tuesday night in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the site of the Republican National Convention from Sept. 1 to 4.

Tuesday is the night of the final Democratic primaries, and the choice of venue is a mischievous, aggressive way for Obama to unofficially kick off the general election campaign against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The location gives huge meaning to the moment, with Obama likely to frame a tough case against his new opponent in the very hall where McCain will accept his party's nomination.

With the end of the primaries on Tuesday, Obama should have a pretty large audience to talk to. Besides that, Obama will hope to begin drawing important distinctions between himself and McCain as well as introduce his major themes for the campaign.

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