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President Barack Obama waves before boarding his bus after having lunch and greeting people at The Old Market Deli, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Cannon Falls, Minn., during his three-day economic bus tour.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) By Carolyn Kaster President Barack Obama waves before boarding his bus after having lunch and greeting people at The Old Market Deli, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Cannon Falls, Minn., during his three-day economic bus tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) By Carolyn Kaster
President Barack Obama waves before boarding his bus after having lunch and greeting people at The Old Market Deli, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Cannon Falls, Minn., during his three-day economic bus tour.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) By Carolyn Kaster President Barack Obama waves before boarding his bus after having lunch and greeting people at The Old Market Deli, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Cannon Falls, Minn., during his three-day economic bus tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) By Carolyn Kaster
President Barack Obama's bus drives past corn fields to Lower Hannah's Bend Park, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Cannon Falls, Minn., during his three-day economic bus tour.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) By Carolyn Kaster President Barack Obama's bus drives past corn fields to Lower Hannah's Bend Park, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Cannon Falls, Minn., during his three-day economic bus tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) By Carolyn Kaster
President Barack Obama steps off of his bus as he stops for lunch at The Old market Deli, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Cannon Falls, Minn., during his three-day economic bus tour.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) By Carolyn Kaster President Barack Obama steps off of his bus as he stops for lunch at The Old market Deli, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Cannon Falls, Minn., during his three-day economic bus tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) By Carolyn Kaster

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.

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