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10,000 expected for Obama rally Saturday

The presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said thousands of people already have RSVP’d through the campaign’s Web site for the candidate’s rally at 3 p.m. this Saturday, March 17 in Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza, outside City Hall at Broadway and 14th Street.

They estimate as many as 10,000 may attend; volunteers hit the streets today and will be out again tomorrow and Friday handing out tickets, putting up posters and generally spreading the word.

Among those reportedly scheduled to share Obama’s stage Saturday are Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums; U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland; and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris.

Obama spoke at an International Association of Fire Fighters presidential forum today in Washington, D.C.; he’ll be in session with the Senate tomorrow; and he has a rally scheduled for Friday night in Keene, N.H., before he makes his way here.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.