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From The Arizona Republic

It’s just like any other Monday in downtown Phoenix. Except for all the police, protesters, secret service agents and gnarled traffic.

In the hours leading up to the working part of President Barack Obama‘s working vacation, the scene outside the Phoenix Convention Center

was bustling.

At exactly 9:51 this morning, his motorcade pulled up to the convention center.

A man, who decided not to give his name, was walking around the pro-health care reform rally at 3rd and Washington streets, with a pistol on his hip, and an AR-15 (a semi-automatic assault rifle) on a strap over his shoulder.

“Because I can do it,” he said when asked why he was armed. “In Arizona, I still have some freedoms.”

Two police officers were staying very close to the man.

“What he is doing is perfectly legal,” Detective J. Oliver, of the Phoenix police department said. “We are here to keep the peace. If we need to intervene, we will intervene at that time.”

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