barack-obama-at-central-high.jpgOSAWATOMIE, Kan. (AP) _ A couple hundred people lined up overnight in frigid temperatures to get a ticket to see President Barack Obama at Osawatomie High School in eastern Kansas.


The Kansas City Star reports the line began forming early Saturday evening to get tickets that are being handed out at noon Sunday on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Obama says his speech at 1 p.m. Tuesday will focus on the economy and what the president sees as a “make or break moment'' for the middle class.

Republican President Theodore Roosevelt spoke in Osawatomie in 1910, a year after he left the presidency, and called for a “new Nationalism.''

Democrats were surprised by Obama's choice for the speech, since he didn't come close to carrying Kansas in 2008.