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McCain to visit N.C. Monday

Posted October 10, 2008
Updated October 13, 2008

— Republican presidential nominee John McCain will make his first visit to the state since the May primary, his campaign announced Friday.

McCain will speak at a town-hall event in in The Schwartz Center at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington Monday. Doors will open at noon.

Members of the public can get free tickets from McCain's Wilmington headquarters, 3145 Wrightsville Ave., beginning at noon Saturday. Distribution will be a on a first-come, first-served basis, and tickets will be limited to two per person.

Campaign officials indicated that McCain will challenge Democratic candidate Barack Obama on the economy, an issue Obama has pressed in his North Carolina appearances.

"John McCain is excited about bringing his Country First message to the Tar Heel state on Monday," Mario Diaz, a campaign spokesman, said. "Hardworking families in North Carolina are supporting McCain and pushing him to victory in November, because he has a plan to get out economy back on track by keeping our taxes low and controlling government spending."

Diaz echoed attacks on Obama's links to Bill Ayers, a '60s anti-war radical become college professor, that the McCain campaign has issued at rallies and in a new TV ad.

"Unfortunately, just like the questions concerning his relationship with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, North Carolinians simply can neither trust nor afford Sen. Obama's judgment on the economy," Ayers said.

Obama and his surrogates have been campaigning aggressively in North Carolina over the past month, trying to wrest the state's 15 electoral votes into the Democratic column.

The McCain camp has begun to ramp up its campaigning in North Carolina. Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke at East Carolina University Tuesday, and the campaign has added staffers.

A WRAL News poll conducted Wednesday showed the candidates neck-and-neck, with Obama holding a slim 1-percent lead. The poll indicated that many of those who cited the economy as the top issue said they supported Obama.

The last Democrat to win the state was Jimmy Carter in 1976.


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  • jgilchr Oct 10, 2008

    McCain stay home! Your disgusting lies over the last week in desperation have destroyed any honor you have been said to have. The hate filled townhalls are a product of YOUR campaign, and now are forced to quell the anger you have created as seen tonight. Finally nice pick with Sarah Palin. Looks like that is also blowing up in your face with regard to troopergate.

  • Bellesdad24 Oct 10, 2008

    The Republican voters are partly to blame for all this obama lovefest as well. Out of all those contenders for the republican nominate and the best they can do is McCain.

    Talk about opening the door for the other side.

  • Myword Oct 10, 2008

    This is the surest sign McCain has given up. If he were really contesting the famous "swing states" to the north he would be in them for the next 20 some days.
    He is just trying to save himself from a historical thumping now.

  • davidgnews Oct 10, 2008

    Watching the crowds at Palin's rallies is scary stuff. I fear for Obama's safety. I hope the secret service is doing its job.

    Just reading the 'hate mail' on golo is enough from the fanatics around here. They just can't bring themselves to say good things about McCain because they're so frustrated in having to support him. The only recourse is to focus as much hate as possible against Obama. Reagan drew the same crowds, but the whiny little hypocrites don't like it when someone else is popular.

  • dhamma Oct 10, 2008

    I guess this will be another day of Hate Spewing supporters "screaming kill him (Obama) he is a Muslim terrorist. These people have lost their mind. Its obvious they believe everything they hear, and thats scary.

  • cary2006 Oct 10, 2008

    Watching the crowds at Palin's rallies is scary stuff. I fear for Obama's safety. I hope the secret service is doing its job.

  • Tawny Oct 10, 2008

    Wow! Getting desperate by coming to little "ole" North Carolina.

  • cary2006 Oct 10, 2008

    Maybe after the next screwed up 4 years, we should demand reparations for their costly foolishness and dragging us down with them

    Can I ask need my reparations for last 8 years times 2 for Bush and Cheney.

  • dfmlythr Oct 10, 2008

    mccain is only coming because the state is has turned blue, it's to late Mccain, it's too late GOP....

  • davidgnews Oct 10, 2008

    That baby-kissing thing is soooo old and cliched. Probably unsanitary as well. Yuck.