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Obama in Minneapolis

Barack Obama, U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful, stopped in Minnesota for a rally Saturday afternoon, the Pioneer Press reported.

Speaking before a crowd of 20,000 supporters at the Target Center, Obama focused on his favorite themes: change and hope. "We want change we can believe in and that has to be earned," he said. "Hope is not blind optimism... I know how hard change is."

Several candidates have chosen to campaign in the Twin Cities recently because of Minnesota's caucus on Tuesday.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney was also in town Saturday, Democratic U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton will attend a rally at Augsburg College in Minneapolis today, and Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Paul will speak at the University of Minnesota on Monday.

Clinton and Paul's decision to appear at colleges is not abitrary; Minnesota had the highest turnout in the nation among young voters in the 2004 presidential election, the Star Tribune reports.