Mainers line up for tickets to see Obama

Posted March 31, 2010, at 10:08 a.m.
People wait in line Wednesday, March 31, 2010, outside of the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine, to get tickets for President Barack Obama's visit on Thursday. This will be Obama's first visit to the state since being elected. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
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People wait in line Wednesday, March 31, 2010, outside of the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine, to get tickets for President Barack Obama's visit on Thursday. This will be Obama's first visit to the state since being elected. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

PORTLAND, Maine — Hundreds of Mainers waited for hours in drizzle and rain for tickets to attend President Barack Obama’s health care address at the Portland Expo.

The first ticket-seekers arrived at 12:45 a.m. and waited more than 10 hours for tickets. The tickets ran out in little more than an hour, leaving many disappointed.

Ryan Grady, who doesn’t have health insurance, got a ticket and said he wants to tell Obama thanks. The 23-year-old college student from Brunswick will be able to get health care through his dad’s insurance policy under the new law.

Thursday’s rally is part of Obama’s effort to sell his health care overhaul at campaign-style events across the country. Afterward, Obama will be attending a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston.

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