Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Dallas later this afternoon at an event with Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The two are sitting for a moderated discussion about their careers at the Women's Museum.
Hours ahead of the event, the difference between security at Clinton's presidential campaign stops and today's event is striking. Security here is very tight. The area has been checked by bomb-sniffing dogs. Police are staked out at entrances. Reporters were required to arrive three hours early and are now under lockdown until the event is over.
Compare that to the primary events Clinton held in North Texas last year. At a rally in the Fort Worth Stockyards, police began by making attendees pass through metal detectors. When Clinton was minutes away from stepping on the stage and thousands of people were still waiting to get through security, TSA workers abruptly stopped the screenings and let everyone else pass through.
President Barack Obama had similar security issues at a rally he attended at Reunion Arena in Dallas.
Of course, today's sold-out fundraiser for the Women's Museum is expected to attract less than 500 people, a far easier event to secure than a campaign event where thousands show up.