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Fed chairman Bernanke making Indianapolis visit

Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:09 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is visiting Indianapolis to speak before the Economic Club of Indiana.

A crowd of about 2,000 people is expected at Monday's luncheon at the Indiana Convention Center for Bernanke's speech, which is being watched as it comes in the midst of the presidential campaign.

Many Republicans have been critical of the Fed's continued efforts to drive interest rates lower, saying they fear it could ignite inflation. But Bernanke has maintained the Fed makes its decisions based entirely on the state of the economy.

Bernanke was first appointed to lead the Federal Reserve in 2006 by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama.