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Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz making stops in Minnesota this week


Two candidates seeking to be the next president of the United States will be making campaign stops in Minnesota this week.

Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, will be in town Tuesday. She's followed by Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been rising in the polls as of late – he's in the state Thursday.

Here's a look at what they'll do here:

Clinton to talk terrorism

Clinton, who announced plans to stop in Minnesota last month, will deliver a speech about counterterrorism at the University of Minnesota Tuesday afternoon, ahead of a planned fundraiser that will feature Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor and other supporters.

Minnesota is a big money maker for the former Secretary of State – she has raised more money here than any other candidate, and all the Republican candidates combined, the Pioneer Press says.

In the speech, Clinton is expected to address terrorism and detail her counterterrorism strategy, which includes confronting the threat of domestic radicalization and foreign-inspired terrorist attacks in the United States, her campaign announced in a news release.

Her speech comes in the wake of recent terrorist incidents in both the U.S. and abroad, and as officials in Minnesota are working to combat terrorist recruiting locally.

Clinton's speech will be held at 2:45 p.m. at the Memorial Hall at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota.

President Barack Obama will also be detailing strategies for stopping the Islamic State militant group at visits to the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center this week, The Associated Press reports.

'Take Off With Ted' stopping in MN

Cruz, whose campaign continues to gain momentum – including winning a straw poll of Republican activists in Minnesota – will be in St. Paul Thursday to rally supporters.

His stop in Minnesota is part of a multiday trip dubbed "Take Off With Ted," where Cruz will visit seven states that are holding primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday (March 1, 2016), according to a news release.

"Our 'Take Off with Ted' barnstorming of the March 1 states will fortify our national organization and position us to win on Super Tuesday," Cruz's communications director Rick Tyler said in the release.

The rally will be held in St. Paul at 6 p.m. – details about a specific location haven't been released.

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