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N.C.'s the place to be for Palin, Obama

Posted October 7, 2008

— The woman who wants to be the next vice president and a woman who hopes to be the next first lady will both visit North Carolina Tuesday.

Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, will host a forum in Jacksonville at 1:30 p.m. to talk about challenges that military families face when a member is deployed.

The campaign event comes the same day as Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who will speak at East Carolina University in Greenville around 7 p.m.Doors there open at 4 p.m. for people who got tickets Monday from Republican campaign offices, the party said.

The GOP state committee also noted that no bags or signs would be allowed inside the Williams Arena.

It's the first major North Carolina campaign event for the Republican ticket in months. Party nominee John McCain last visited the state during campaigning for the May 6 primary.

Obama's campaign has had an almost weekly presence in North Carolina for the past month. His campaign has mounted an aggressive operation in North Carolina as it challenges McCain for the state's electoral votes.

North Carolina hasn't picked a Democratic presidential candidate in more than 30 years. Palin's appearance underscores Republican fears that Obama is close to flipping the state.

Political observers say the frequent attention from the candidates and their surrogates demonstrate the importance North Carolina is gaining in the presidential election.

"It's very much a toss up. Clearly, we're in battleground status," said Andrew Taylor, a political science professor at North Carolina State University.

Recent polls have shown Obama has a slight edge over McCain, but the race remains too close to call.

Obama and McCain will meet Tuesday night in the second of three scheduled debates between the presidential candidates.


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  • daisey Oct 7, 2008

    Hey !I thought you had signed out! Welcome back!

    I didn't accuse everyone just YOU. Did they forget to teach you reading comprehension in school?

    Does making up things people said make your tummy feel better?

    Seriously you have got to stop! You are so funny. How exactly have you gotten under my skin?

  • laxmom Oct 7, 2008

    you know daisey - you have accused everyone today who has disagreed with you a "name caller" and ignorant - "mirror mirror on the wall"... actually , what I learned from my deabte team was to try and get under the opponents skin to see their true personality come out .... and you , my dear , are an excellent student.

  • daisey Oct 7, 2008

    I see I really touched a nerve with you. Glad I could help you there!!


  • laxmom Oct 7, 2008

    oh daisey - thanks for your help -- not sure how I made it all these years without your guidance .... got to sign off now -- you made me sick to my stomach !

  • YeaOh Oct 7, 2008

    Buy Hook AND Crook your next President will be Demoncrat...
    If they can't buy it, they will steal it....
    Story on ACORN:
    "Some of them used nonexistent names, some of them used false addresses and some of them were duplicates of previously filed applications," Walsh said, describing the complaints, which largely came from the registrar in Clark County, Nev.

  • laxmom Oct 7, 2008

    daisey - get some sleep - maybe you'll feel better , have some chocolate, a beer , wine ..............something ...go out with billybob -- you're a bitter smart mouthed person !!! ps... already know the info -- but thanx anyway !!!! and don't worry your twisted little head - mine won't blow up !! bitter bitter bitter -- I feel sorry for you ! nite nite

  • daisey Oct 7, 2008

    ps i am not a republican...I am a democrat

  • daisey Oct 7, 2008

    laxmom: Why bless you heart, I looked it up via the internet. All of the information is broken down for you at several nonpartisan and partisan sites.

    Poor thing. Here I'll help you out:





    THE US CONSTITUTION (silly me, why cite that!)

    Boortz.com archives


    I will not give you my tax returns so you can see how much of a penalty we paid for being married.

    Now, while you are reading I hope your head doesn't explode.

  • billybob72 Oct 7, 2008

    Dr. Dataclerk, while the economy may get worse before it gets better, but will certainly improve. In the unfortunate likelihood that Obama is elected, I'm sure the media will give Obama full credit for the economy's cyclical recovery that will certainly occur, regardless who is President. However, Obama's higher taxes will cause the recovery to occur to a lesser degree than it could.

  • Garnerwolf1 Oct 7, 2008

    Please explain HOW Obama is going to improve the economy. Him. Not Congress, or the Fed, or any other entity that has much more influence than any president could ever have. Please. Explain.