- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to greet President Barack Obama at Offutt Air Force Base after previously saying that he would send his lieutenant governor.

Ricketts spokesman Taylor Gage said the governor’s staff was able to rearrange his schedule at the last minute. Obama arrives in Omaha on Wednesday after delivering his final State of the Union address.

Ricketts previously said that scheduling conflicts would keep him from accepting the White House invitation, which he says he received on Monday. Obama’s visit to Nebraska was announced last week.

Ricketts, a Republican, says the initial decision to decline the invitation was not politically motivated. The governor is scheduled to deliver his annual State of the State address and budget recommendations to lawmakers on Thursday morning.

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