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McCain holding town-hall event in Wilmington

Posted October 13, 2008

— Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Monday was scheduled to make his first campaign stop in North Carolina in several months.

McCain planned to hold a town hall-style event Monday afternoon at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.

The 2,000 free tickets to the event were gone within 45 minutes after they were made available Saturday at New Hanover County GOP headquarters.

Officials handed out more tickets than the auditorium can hold, so supporters began lining up at 7:30 a.m. Monday – almost seven hours before the event – to ensure they could get a seat. Lines still snaked around the building early Monday afternoon.

Although many supporters said they wanted to hear what McCain had to say about the economy and health care reform, some said they just wanted to hear some passion from him to re-energize Republican voters.

A WRAL News poll conducted last week shows McCain and Democratic candidate Barack Obama to be in a virtual dead heat, with Obama holding a 49 to 48 percent lead.

"North Carolina has been a red state," voter Kelly Landgraf said, referring to the Republican color on political maps. "We've been in a little bit of trouble, but I know we're going to be a red state again."

"(I want him) to make know the real Obama. No one knows who that is yet," voter Adrian Arnett said.

McCain last appeared before North Carolina voters in May at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. He last visited the state in June, when he met privately with evangelist Billy Graham.

A week ago, McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, attended a rally in Greenville.

McCain's wife, Cindy, was at Lowe's Motor Speedway outside Charlotte on Saturday as honorary race director.

Obama and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, have each visited North Carolina several times in the past month. Obama also spent several days in western North Carolina last week while preparing for a debate with McCain.

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  • beachgirl68 Oct 14, 2008

    And unfortunately, when Bill Clinton's term was over, we knew what kind of person he really was...

  • WRALSPORTSFANSUXS Oct 13, 2008

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

    thomas jefferson
    Lasata

    Very Nice!

  • WRALSPORTSFANSUXS Oct 13, 2008

    The US had the lowest poverty rate since 1979 and lowest child poverty rate in three decades and there was the lowest percentage of people on welfare in 35 years

    Yea and interest rates were 14.5% It was cheaper to put a house on your credit card than get a loan. pthfan

    You are giving liberals a bad name!

  • therose2005 Oct 13, 2008

    faithwalker you have great posts,i`m afraid there will be some very disappointed people if Obama/ Biden win this election. Obama will probably make a great president but later down the road, he is young please let`s give McCain a chance he does have a good track record i feel he will keep us safer and can get our country back on the right track immediately! IMO McCain/Palin`08

  • WRALSPORTSFANSUXS Oct 13, 2008

    Income also increased under Clinton while it has stagnated under Bush. pthfan
    GOOD GOD please I will pay for you to take an economics class.

  • WRALSPORTSFANSUXS Oct 13, 2008

    pthfan
    You don't even know who is in power in the senate. The senates approval rating is below the presidents. Please research before you vote. can you even name the three branches of government.

  • WRALSPORTSFANSUXS Oct 13, 2008

    The Republicans have been in power in the House and Senate for 12 years and in the White House for 8 and look at where the country is.
    THE DEMs are the majority in the senate. Please do not vote. You dont even know what you are talking about!

  • pthfan22 Oct 13, 2008

    When Bill Clinton's term was over our country had peace and prosperity. In his term we had the longest economic expansion in history. More than 22 million jobs were created, not lost, he left us with a surplus, not a record deficit, even though he inherited one. The US had the lowest poverty rate since 1979 and lowest child poverty rate in three decades and there was the lowest percentage of people on welfare in 35 years. As of 2005 the rate of people living in povery has risen for 4 years in a row. Income also increased under Clinton while it has stagnated under Bush.

    As for Carter, well my view is that Carter was too honest to be in Washington. Which is really sad. I admire and respect Carter, but the man is just to pure and honest for the job.

    I never said Bush ordered terrorist attacks-but his invasion of Iraq, the treatment of prisoners has made recruitment and other attacks worse. Our torture of prisoners plays into their hands.

  • pthfan22 Oct 13, 2008

    Gas Prices-at the same time that the US went to war with Iraq India and China were drastically increasing their demand for oil. Demand for something causes the price to go up. However, by attacking Iraq with incorrect information, not enough troops and poor planning not only did Bush take approximately 20% of the world's oil off the world market, he put Iraq oil in a quagmire for several years that it has just this past year gotten out of of as far as oil production is concerned. Bush's misunderstanding of Iraq, its political and tribal system and the needs of energy hungry India and China have resulted in higher gas prices. When Bush took office gas was what-about a dollar and half. What are we paying now? $3.50? Drilling here will give us more oil, but it will still be sold on the world market. So, if China pays more, they get it. McCain looks to follow in Bush's path with his bomb Iran songs and such.

  • Lasata Oct 13, 2008

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

    thomas jefferson

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