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Liberty Preps for Romney's Arrival


Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Melinda Zosh

Lynchburg, VA - Presumed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke in Charlotte, North Carolina Friday afternoon and landed in Lynchburg later that evening. His commencement speech is the talk of the town.

Saturday morning, Romney will speak to students at Liberty University. That means tighter security, a big crowd and national attention. Excitement's been building all day.

Every detail matters when a presidential candidate's coming to town. Hours to go, Liberty Spokesperson Johnnie Moore's got a lot on his plate.

"Final touches are happening. Everything's finishing getting set up," said Moore.

Liberty University crews spent the afternoon setting up, which is no small task. About 6,000 excited graduates will fill these seats. Add some proud parents to the mix and you've got 34,000 people in Williams Stadium. Security will be where security is needed.

"It's not like you are going to walk inside the gate and see metal detectors everywhere. It's just certain parts of the stadium," said Moore.

Having the presidential candidate here is fun for many, especially Senior Class President Thomas Turner.

"I was excited. I've been a Romney supporter personally since he declared he was going to run this cycle," said Turner.

For Turner, Romney's Mormonism doesn't matter. He says Romney should avoid hot political issues like gay marriage.

"Personally, no. This is commencement. This is an opportunity to give some encouraging words to graduates," said Turner.

We don't know exactly what Romney will say. But we do know that this stadium will be listening.

"Tomorrow, this football stadium is going to be alive," said Moore.

Moore says this graduation ceremony is kinda like LU's weekly convocation but about four times the size. Graduates will have to get in two hours early Saturday to get through security.

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