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Presidential bus tour won't stop in Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. -- Ken Preston is the founder of the local Obama for President campaign in Rochester. He has been getting calls and emails from volunteers who want to meet President Obama when he comes to town.

Problem is, plans now don't include a stop in Rochester. Preston said he doesn't know why Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton were chosen. But he suspects it might be because those cities have more economic struggles than Rochester. So he said it is a better backdrop for the President's message about jobs and the economy.

Preston said he has been inviting the President to visit Rochester since he was first elected in 2008.

He said we need a compelling reason for the President to come here. We asked what was so compelling about the other cities? Preston said the advance team must have found some reason to have the bus stop there.

No one has pushed harder for a Presidential visit to Rochester than long-time Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. She told us this visit caught her by surprise.

Slaughter told 13WHAM News: "We knew nothing about it. For some reason, he's going to Binghamton, Buffalo and Syracuse and Scranton. We have heard nothing from the White House."

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer urged the President to visit here, saying Rochester is a good example of a city that has transitioned from a manufacturing hub to a more diverse economy.

People wondered why Rochester was skipped over. Tedisa Castle said she would love to meet the President and believes Rochester has a lot to offer.

Tom Strzepek said he doesn't think the decision was political but said the President should probably include Rochester in the visit because he said our city has its own struggles. He mentioned the fact that Syracuse and Buffalo get more state aid than Rochester and that inequity needs to be addressed.

Troy Turner wondered what we have to do to get the President here? He said maybe politicians didn't lobby hard enough.

Turner said he has never met a President and would welcome the chance to see Mr. Obama, if only just to wave and say hi.

His message to President Obama: "Hey, come to Rochester."

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