Obama traveling Midwest on new $1.1 million bus

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Secret Service purchased new $1.1 million buses for President Barack Obama to use on his three-day bus tour across the Midwest.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the agency has not previously had buses in its fleet and was overdue to get some since it’s had to protect politicians traveling by bus for decades. In the past, the service has had to lease buses and retrofit them for that purpose.

He said two buses were purchased and one is being used by Obama as he travels through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Both will be used by other officeholders and candidates going forward.

Donovan declined to comment on the buses’ design or capability.