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At Rick Perry’s campaign stop at a defense contractor this morning, all attendees — including the press — were requested to prove their American citizenship, a move that spurred a minor controversy ahead of the town hall meeting.

NBC News was told by an employee checking in press at Granite State Manufacturing that “only American citizens are allowed in.”

The Perry campaign quickly clarified that non-US citizens were, in fact, allowed to attend the campaign stop, but would have to be accompanied at all times by a company employee, per a federal regulation on government sub-contractors.

Granite State Manufacturing facilities manager Shawn O’Hagan told reporters the rule as stated was misinterpreted by the employee, a quality assurance assistant, checking in press. “That was a mistake,” he said.

Read more at msnbc.com

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