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Anticipation builds for Palin's first visit to N.C.

Posted October 7, 2008

— A crowd of more than 8,000 people was buzzing Tuesday evening on the campus of East Carolina University, hours before Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was scheduled to attend a rally there.

Palin was supposed to speak at 7 p.m. but was running behind schedule. will carry her speech live as soon as she arrives in Greenville.

Palin's appearance at Minges Coliseum is the first major North Carolina campaign event for the Republican ticket in months. GOP presidential nominee John McCain last visited the state on May 6, the same day as North Carolina's primary election.

She was expected to to buoy her party's ticket in a state that Democrats hope to capture for the first time in more than three decades.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, the Republican candidate for governor, were among those in attendance.

Palin's appearance underscores Republican fears that Democratic nominee Barack Obama is close to capturing the state that has backed GOP presidential candidates in every election since 1976. Obama has been campaigning aggressively in the state, with hundreds of campaign staffers on the ground and a constant flow of television ads on the air.

Obama and his surrogates also have repeatedly appeared in North Carolina – he spoke in Asheville Sunday, and his wife appeared in Jacksonville Tuesday afternoon. The work has appeared to help: Polls indicate the race is too close to call.

McCain has started to increase his presence in North Carolina with television ads and campaign staff. His political aides announced two weeks ago that he planned to increase the number of paid staff from 20 to 30. Obama's campaign claims close to 400 workers.


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  • peakofgoodliving Oct 7, 2008

    Well good gosh darn't...see there you go again...Joe Six Pack and economic expert Soccer Moms are just beside themselves.

  • Scrofula Oct 7, 2008

    "Boy, there sure are a lot of sick minded liberals on this board. Makes me very sad for our country. paddie"

    Luckily, your generation will be going to its great reward pretty soon and you won't have to tolerate it much longer (nor will we.)


  • WRAL is joe_dirt Oct 7, 2008

    Boy, there sure are a lot of sick minded liberals on this board. Makes me very sad for our country.

    That's called, "SUPPORT!" GO TEAM!!!

  • ksillsbury Oct 7, 2008

    hey wait, I'm watching cspan right now and theres not 8000 people in the audience. Maybe 100 , defiantly not 8000

  • MarcoPolo Oct 7, 2008

    Thank you WRAL for not posting majority of my comments. We need our own fairness doctrine.

  • Scrofula Oct 7, 2008

    "danriverboy, There may be a lot of protestors outside, but they sure are showing her love inside!"

    From the number of buses I saw sitting outside, they sure had to go a long way away to find them. :-D

  • paddie Oct 7, 2008

    Boy, there sure are a lot of sick minded liberals on this board. Makes me very sad for our country.

  • Scrofula Oct 7, 2008

    "So, she's pro-life and that makes her a "Nazi"?"

    Nazi is a strong word to be throwing around.

    Ultra right wing fascist, maybe?

  • Scrofula Oct 7, 2008

    "And if Clinton had taken the Sudan offer to capture Bin Laden and his allies it would NEVER had happen. He totally drop the ball."

    Yea yea, and if Reagan hadn't armed and trained him, we wouldn't have had to deal with him to begin with.

    Try focusing on NOW instead of assigning blame by reaching.

    (as in NOW, he STILL hasn't been caught, and nobody seems that worried about bringing him to justice)

  • pirmin Oct 7, 2008

    How is McCain a maverick when he was stupid enough to even go to Vietnam? A self-thinker? Forget about it...