After a month of calling and sending fax messages to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton, a Kansas University student group has arranged a visit to Lawrence by Hillary Clinton.
Jason McIntosh, president of KU Students for Clinton/Gore, said the group received confirmation on Friday that Mrs. Clinton would appear at a rally scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Campanile Hill on the KU campus.
McIntosh said the rally's message was to get local residents to register and vote.
Jim Denney, KU police director, said the Secret Service notified the department Friday about Mrs. Clinton's plans. Denney said KU officers had met with Secret Service agents to coordinate security measures.
Denney would not divulge many details about the security arrangements, saying, "I don't believe it's prudent to discuss precautions before the event."
But other law enforcement agencies, including the Lawrence Police Department, will help provide security, Denney said.
McIntosh said Mrs. Clinton's visit capped a monthlong campaign by the group.
"WE TRIED every legal way in the book," he said. "We just tried every connection we could possibly get. Maybe they just got tired of us calling."
He said he hoped the rally would draw at least 3,000 people. If all goes as planned, he said, the rally would feature a rock band and several speakers.
McIntosh said the set-up would be similar to that of concerts such as "A Day on the Hill," in which a stage is set up between Memorial Stadium and the Campanile.
To get the Clinton campaign's attention, McIntosh said, the group stressed that the candidate carried the Democratic primary vote by a large margin in Douglas County. Still, he said, it wasn't easy to convince the campaign to put Lawrence on Mrs. Clinton's itinerary.
"You think Kansas and you think of (former governor and 1936 GOP presidential nominee) Alf Landon," he said. "Well, it's not. He's dead."
McINTOSH SAID he was not disappointed that Clinton passed up a visit to Lawrence when he made a stop last week in Kansas City, Mo.
"We were told real early that there was no real chance of that," he said. "He was under too many time constrictions."
Denney said the last presidential campaign visit to Lawrence was in 1980, when John Anderson, an independent candidate, spoke at Hoch Auditorium.
First lady Barbara Bush beat her rival to Kansas by two weeks. On Sept. 29, she visited an Overland Park middle school to get a look at a program that allows students to choose the format for their learning.
KU Students for Clinton/Gore will discuss plans for the rally after a Presidential Debate Watch Party scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Brass Apple, 3300 W. 15th. McIntosh said the party was open to the public.