Strict Security Measures in Place for Vice President's Visit - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/1/04

Strict Security Measures in Place for Vice President's Visit

Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Lubbock on Monday is drawing nationwide attention. The fundraising event for District 19 candidate Randy Neugebauer is sold out with more than 1,200 people expected to attend. The Secret Service and the FBI are working with Lubbock Police preparing safety precautions for the vice president's visit.

"This is the vice president of the United States. Security will be tight and people will notice a difference then when they normally enter the Civic Center. They will be going through metal detectors just like when they go through at the airport," explains U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer.

All ticket-holders will be required to enter through the northeast doors of the Civic Center. After the doors are closed, you will not be allowed inside. Some of the things you should keep in mind:

  • Cell phone ringers should be turned off once you get inside the Civic Center
  • You can bring your cameras but organizers would like pictures to be kept at a minimum
  • Bring small handbags and few personal items
  • Pocket knives will not be allowed

"The things that you wouldn't try to take on to an airplane, you cannot take into this event," says Neugebauer.

And security isn't the only buzz, this event sets a record for raising more than $415,000. That's the most for a vice presidential congressional campaign event this election year, but Neugebauer says Monday's visit is about the supporters.

"What really is meaningful to me is the number of people that are going to be out there to support," he says.

Neugauber will fly with Cheney on Air Force 2 on Monday where he says he'll have the chance to spend additional time with the vice president.

"We'll look forward to having some good face-to-face time with him as we fly from Colorado Springs to Lubbock and get an opportunity to talk about some things that are important to West Texas and to our country," adds Neugebauer.

Again, the event is sold out, and tickets will not be sold at the door. If you already have a ticket, doors open at 2:00 p.m. Monday and you are encouraged to arrive on time. A minimal disruption of traffic will occur when the vice president arrives at Lubbock International Airport on Monday. Some routes from the airport to the Civic Center will be restricted.

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