NBC News
updated 4/21/2011 3:25:24 PM ET 2011-04-21T19:25:24

The Secret Service has bought two armored buses at a cost of $1.1 million each for use by the president, other government officials and candidates for president, the agency told NBC News on Thursday.

Agency spokesman Ed Donovan said the buses were expected to be delivered next month.

Donovan would not disclose any security features of the buses but confirmed that they are being manufactured by a company in Tennessee. He emphasized that these buses were not exclusively for the president.

The Secret Service expected these to be deployed for campaign bus trips and trips to remote locations. Donovan pointed out that presidential candidates have been doing bus tours since the 1980s.

Talking Points Memo, which first reported the purchase, noted that a federal database shows a $2.2 million contract with the Hemphill Brothers Coach Co. of Whites Creek, Tenn.

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