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N.C. Basks in Political Attention

Posted April 24, 2008
Updated April 28, 2008

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— Barack Obama was the first of three key political figures to speak to North Carolina voters Monday. He spent 90 minutes taking questions from an audience in Wilmington in the first of three appearances.

The sitting vice president will represent the GOP in Raleigh tonight, speaking at a private fundraiser in North Raleigh. Dick Cheney is expected to fly into Raleigh-Durham International Airport this afternoon and leave immediately after his speech.

Members of the Clinton family are also on the trail in the Tar Heel state. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had planned events in Graham, Salisbury and at Troutman’s BBQ in Concord before a rally Monday night in Charlotte.

Daughter Chelsea Clinton was to tour the Greensboro Children’s Museum in the morning, and visit Freedom Park in Charlotte in the afternoon.

Former president Bill Clinton will stump in Boone, Wilkesboro, Elkin and Mt. Airy on Tuesday, then appear in Apex, Sanford, Lillington, Dunn, Hope Mills, Lumberton and Whiteville on Wednesday.

Obama town hall meeting in Wilmington is the first of three stops he'll make today, his campaign said.

The Illinois senator was due to speak in Wilson at 6 p.m. and to wrap up the evening at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill at 9:30 p.m.

The candidates are stumping for the 115 delegates North Carolina has up for grabs in its May 6 primary.


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  • motorfinga Apr 28, 2008

    Get ready for another economic shock of major proportions " a virtual doubling of prices at the gas pump to as much as $10 a gallon.


  • Worland Apr 28, 2008

    I saw Bill Clinton in Oxford, UK back in the 1990's. He gave me a real warm & fuzzy when he said he didn't trust anyone in uniform (i.e. the military). How the military suffered under his regime!

  • ECU_chick Apr 28, 2008

    I saw Bill years ago in Whiteville...

    He's actually a good speaker...

  • Sumo Vita Apr 28, 2008

    gsmith on Cheney: "If he sees his shadow, does that we'll have four more years of Texas-style, AWOL politics?"

    I imagine his considerably large midsection would render that improbable.

  • Iron Man Apr 28, 2008

    From previous stories, features and comments, WRAL reports the news with bias and censure. This kind of reporting allows dictators to take over a country's goverment and they go on to assasinate those that have opposed them in the past and/or do so in the future.

  • mfalesana Apr 28, 2008

    I'm curious if WRAL will allow this to be posted but it's funny they mention these people coming to the area but don't mention that RON PAUL will be here on Friday. He will be at UNC in the early afternoon and at Duke from 6:30-8:30

    You can find out more info by going to their sites and sign up for free tickets.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Apr 28, 2008

    Somehow the descriptive, "major political figure" and, "Dick Cheney" just dosent connect. This guy stays hidden better than Osama Bin Laden. If he sees his shadow, does that we'll have four more years of Texas-style, AWOL politics?

  • dogeatdog Apr 28, 2008

    If you ever go see Bill Clinton, because I went to see him in Goldsboro earlier this year, plan on a LONG wait. Was supposed to start at 1:00. Started at 3:00. I don't even like the Clintons, but I figured there aren't many chances to see a former president in person, so I went. Plus, I wanted to hear what the other side was up to...lol.

  • Titus Pullo Apr 28, 2008

    yadda yadda