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Officials say security tight for Boston Marathon

Sunday - 4/20/2014, 3:19pm  ET

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and a congressional leader say security will be tight as thousands of runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators crowd Boston's streets for the annual Marathon.

Patrick tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that Boston may be the safest place in America on Monday.

The governor says officials are striking a balance between more security and maintaining the city's festive spirit. Patrick won't specify the steps being taken to boost security, but says there will be a "considerably more police presence."

Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, tells ABC's "This Week" that cameras, police, police dogs and bomb detecting equipment will make Boston "well-fortified."

McCaul, a Republican from Texas, says he is concerned about the possibility of a copycat attack.

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137-a-11-(Governor Deval Patrick, D-Mass., in interview)-"along the route"-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says enhanced security will be visible at tomorrow's Boston Marathon. COURTESY: CBS' 'Face the Nation' ((mandatory on-air credit)) (20 Apr 2014)

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136-a-08-(Governor Deval Patrick, D-Mass., in interview)-"of this day"-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he does not want the extra security at the Boston Marathon to overshadow the event. COURTESY: CBS' 'Face the Nation' ((mandatory on-air credit)) (20 Apr 2014)

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