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Presidential hopefuls return to North Carolina

Posted May 2, 2008

— With five days left before the May 6 primary, Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama have each slated another round of campaign visits in the Tar Heel state.

Obama was due in Charlotte Friday at a Get out the Vote rally, and Clinton was on the agenda for similar events in Hendersonville and Greensboro. Clinton's campaign said she would travel to Wake Forest on Saturday.

Both candidates were expected to speak Friday evening to an anticipated crowd of 4,000 at the North Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Raleigh. Democrats announced Friday that they had added another 100 tickets for the dinner itself.

Those tickets were being sold for $25 at the Dorton Arena on the State Fairgrounds. They're available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Michelle Obama was due to speak at Get out the Vote rallies in Durham and Asheville on Friday.

Chelsea Clinton was expected to campaign for her mother in the state Saturday, hosting a forum at Salem College in Winston-Salem and attending a rally in Lexington.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side of the race for the White House, candidate Ron Paul was scheduled to speak on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus at Carol Hall, Room 111, at 3:30 p.m. and at Duke University's Reynolds Theatre at 6:30 p.m.

A WRAL News poll released Wednesday showed that Obama's double-digit lead over Clinton among Tar Heel Democrats had dropped to 7 points, with a 5-point margin of error and 9 percent of Democrats undecided.


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  • casp3r May 2, 2008

    bullet656= I never said that a military man can not be wrong. I will go way out on a limb and say that McCain knows more about the military than you and wild combined though.

  • bullet656 May 2, 2008

    smoke-I think it is really funny whenever someone says that b/c a military person said something about a war, it makes it true. Have you not realized that "military men" are actually people and have differing opinions? Do you remember when all the generals came out against Bush recently? You should read this article written by Ricardo Sanchez who commanded US forces in Iraq for a little while. It's very intersesting: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1736831,00.html

  • JustAName May 2, 2008

    wildervb, It doesn't matter if we understand the difference between Iraq and WWII and the Korean War. The point was, what McCain said was in comparison to the U.S. presence in those countries. So, if McCain doesn't understand the difference between the situation, that's his problem. Obama and Clinton were taking what he said and changed the meaning.

    BTW, Korea wasn't an established country, it was under Japan rule for 25 years and basically turned into a civil war when the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. divided up the country while pushing out the Japanese. When the North started attacking, China jumped in and prolonged the war that continues today. Sound a little familiar? Like what Iran is doing now with Iraq.

  • casp3r May 2, 2008

    "wralblog and smoke, you don't seem to have a basic understanding of WWII and how different it is from Iraq."

    I have perfect understanding of WWII and Iraq, What I said was true and all I was doing was explaining what McCain said. Obviously you know more than a military man and what he is lacking in knowledge. I guess it is a shame that running for the presidency is not as easy as sitting on the computer telling people how much more you know then them.

  • wildervb May 2, 2008

    wralblog and smoke, you don't seem to have a basic understanding of WWII and how different it is from Iraq.

    In Iraq you're basically looking at a put together nation with at least three competing factions. The Kurds, the Shiites, and the Sunni's. Sadaam, a Sunni, kept the other two groups in check with an iron-fist. The US could pick sides I suppose and give one of the three groups total power to supress the other two, that might bring peace. Maybe? Most of the fighting occurring in Iraq is between these groups.

    Japan and Germany (and S. Korea) were established nations. Once conquered there was no civil war to control, the populations in those countries were not fighting amongst themselves, they simply got down to the business of re-building.

    Hope you guys have a better understanding now.

  • HockeyRules May 2, 2008

    " Not taking sides here but McCain was only speaking of a small military presence. Sort of like Germany, Japan, Korea… He was not talking about the majority of our military there like now."

    Ok, Smoke...makes sense then. Thanks.

  • casp3r May 2, 2008

    "We're not now, nor were we, in the middle of a ongoing Civil war in Germany, Japan and S. Korea."

    LOL, Of course not, we bombed Germany to rubble and dropped 2 atom bombs on Japan… Good god, what else did you want them to do? Both there military’s were devastated and pretty much destroyed.

  • JustAName May 2, 2008

    wilderb, why are you changing the topic? What McCain said was that he was okay with a presence in Iraq like what we have in Korea (ongoing War) and in Japan. He didn't mention the state to which those places are in. Would you prefer we nuke two cities in Iraq get them to stop fighting? Would you prefer we carpet bomb the entire country (like Germany) to get them to stop fighting?

  • wildervb May 2, 2008

    We're not now, nor were we, in the middle of a ongoing Civil war in Germany, Japan and S. Korea.

  • JustAName May 2, 2008

    "Maybe a hundred. Make it one hundred. We’ve been in South Korea, we’ve been in Japan for sixty years. We’ve been in South Korea for fifty years or so. That’d be fine with me as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. Then it’s fine with me. I would hope it would be fine with you if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where Al Qaeda is training, recruiting, equipping and motivating people every single day."

    You will notice in the full quote, he gives the example of Japan and Korea. We also have a presence in Germany.