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Dean on impact of presidential visit

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The last time a sitting president visited Vermont was back in 1995 when President Bill Clinton was here.

His visit created a frenzy; making stops, meeting supporters in downtown Burlington.

He was here because then-Governor Howard Dean was chair of the National Governors Association.

Dean talked to us about the impact a presidential visit can have on the state.

Reporter Darren Perron: How significant is this when a president visits our state?

Former Gov. Howard Dean: It's pretty significant. We are a small state and we don't have a lot of presidential visits. There's also a significant economic benefit. He travels with dozens and dozens of people; security people and advance people who I am sure have already been there. It's like a small convention for a week.

Perron: Why doesn't Vermont see a lot of presidential visits in the state?

Dean: Well, the principal reason is that Vermont is not a swing state. And even bigger states, like Texas, don't get visits all that often. They will reliably vote Republican. We reliably vote Democratic. President Obama is coming because it is a very successful fundraiser, probably the biggest in the history of the state.

Perron: So, there's no real political reason to be here. It's all about the money?

Dean: President Obama is coming because he's having a successful fundraiser, it sounds like. It's great. He's the president of the United States and people will remember it and talk about President Obama's visit for years to come, I think.

President Obama is not expected to do any mingling downtown like President Clinton did. His agenda has him arriving in Vermont around 11:30 a.m. and leaving for another campaign stop in Maine at 3:30 p.m. He has two fundraising events to attend while he's here.

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