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Hundreds line up for tickets to Obama event in Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Hundreds of people are lined up in
southwest Florida for tickets to a town hall meeting with President
Barack Obama.

The tickets are free, but only 1,500 will be handed out.

Obama will visit Fort Myers on Tuesday to promote the $820
billion economic stimulus plan.

The Senate is expected to vote on the plan Tuesday.

Fort Myers' unemployment rate has climbed to 10 percent, and its
housing market is among the nation's worst.

Obama also will tour neighborhoods with many foreclosures and stalled construction projects.

The first person in line is 51-year-old Roy Hendrix of Fort Myers, who had been homeless until some friends took him into their
home.

Hendrix says he'd like to thank Obama for "giving us hope that he can help turn this economy around."


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