Cape Girardeau has welcomed a number of presidents and presidential and vice presidential candidates to town over the years. In 1968 Robert Kennedy held a rally at the Town Plaza. Ronald Reagan appeared at the Show Me Center in 1988, as did Sarah Palin in 2008. Bill Clinton and Al Gore both visited in 1996. Going further back in history, Nixon, Truman and others also visited, often to campaign. Tomorrow another candidate will visit Cape Girardeau to speak with area voters.
Former senator Rick Santorum will be the keynote speaker for the Cape Girardeau County Lincoln Day dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ray's Plaza Conference Center. Tickets are sold out for this annual dinner. However, those interested in seeing Santorum can attend an overflow rally at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport following his dinner speech.
Officials with congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson's campaign said those interested in attending the airport rally are encouraged to arrive between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Though space is limited, tickets are not required.
The Southeast Missourian will have full coverage of the Santorum events, including a live video stream of the dinner speech. Managing editor Matt Sanders will also be live blogging from the dinner. To follow our coverage, go to semissourian.com. You can also get the latest news on the events by following us on Twitter at @semissourian, @ErinERagan and @scottrmoyers. The Sunday Southeast Missourian will also have full coverage.