Michigan Democrats are rolling out the red carpet today in anticipation of the latest big name to come to the state in a get-out-the-vote effort.  Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to make an afternoon appearance in Flint, just a week after "another" Clinton--wife Hillary--stopped here for a rally in Auburn Hills.  But will the visits move the needle come November?

MLive. com is reporting today that the visit by the former president will be the first for the city of Flint of any former or sitting president in nearly a decade.  Republican George W. Bush visited the city back in 2006.

Clinton will be focusing his efforts on drumming up support for a number of fellow Democrats including, Mark Schauer in his run for governor, Gary Peters in his push to take the U. S. Senate seat being vacated by Carl Levin and Representative Dan Kildee.

The event is set for the Riverfront Center downtown, and the article says officials there have been preparing for the stump for weeks.

"We're excited that he's coming...we're going to try to make it as seamless as possible for them," said Collene Eller, general manager of Epoch Catering.

Several surrounding buildings will be shut down to traffic during Clinton's visit as a security measure.   Police will also be out in force.  They are investigating 2 shootings that occurred within a 20-minute period Tuesday night.  One of the shootings was fatal.

"All events will cause traffic congestion and max out parking on campus lots and in the downtown structures," according to a statement from the DPS.  "The Department of Public Safety suggests that you plan on arriving early for your scheduled time on campus Wednesday and expect other delays."

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