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Palin returns to N.C.; Obama, McCain coming this weekend

Posted October 16, 2008
Updated October 12, 2011

— Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Thursday was scheduled to make her second stop in North Carolina in as many weeks.

Palin planned to hold a rally at Elon University, complete with a guest appearance by singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr. The Alaska governor held a similar rally at East Carolina University on Oct. 7. will carry Palin's speech live at 3:15 p.m. A one-on-one interview with her by WRAL's David Crabtree will be posted online Thursday evening.

Campaign officials said Palin would speak about the economy and would touch on issues raised during Wednesday night's presidential debate. She also planned to question the leadership skills of Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

The Republican ticket has increased its presence in the state lately in response to polls that showed a dead heat between Obama and GOP candidate John McCain.

North Carolina hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

McCain made his first public visit to North Carolina in six months when he attended a Wilmington rally on Monday. There, he urged his supporters to disregard the polls and to continue fighting to get him elected.

McCain also is scheduled to speak Saturday at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord. Doors open at 8 a.m. for the 10 a.m. event, and tickets are available through McCain campaign offices on a first-come, first-served basis.

Obama and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, have made several appearances in North Carolina in the past month. Most recently, Obama spoke at an Oct. 5 rally in Asheville and then spent the following two days in western North Carolina to prepare for a debate against McCain.

A statement from the Obama campaign late Wednesday said he would hold a rally in the Fayetteville area on Sunday. No other details were available.


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  • raysson Oct 16, 2008

    John McCain picked this girl just for her looks,but her other characteristics are dumb as a trucker loaded with{filled in the blank}. Sarah Palin looks like the opening sketch for.....

  • FairPlay Oct 16, 2008

    Just check out her rise to power in Alaska and how it was pushed by the pentacostal Church, her lack of ethics, her attempt to complete a BA in Communications in five colleges,her stance on pro life when the government should not tell women what to do with thier bodies... come on... At least Biden and Obama combined are a law degree and years of experience. As said McCain would have much better off without her. Do you really want Todd Palin making calls from the oval office when McCain could die suddenly? NO THANKS

  • HockeyRules Oct 16, 2008

    "You and I are on the same team."

    Ah, isn't that sweet!

  • HockeyRules Oct 16, 2008

    "This is what Liberals do. Seek and Destroy anybody that gets in the way of their canidate. Don't debate what the man says, just destroy."

    Good thing the rightwingers are above this! (anti-christ, lapel pin, Muslim, Hand over heart, Birth Certificate, etc.)

  • davidgnews Oct 16, 2008

    There's one thing we can count on our politicians doing, that is turning Americans against on another.

    It's called 'divide and conquer.' They would not have it any other way. That's why congress won't change, nor much of anything else.

  • 2 Oct 16, 2008

    and is also not licensed.. claims to be... owes back taxes.. and voted for the republicans in the primaries, shocker. O, and the comments about gross income vs. net income is a VERY good point.

  • Ripcord Oct 16, 2008

    Now... no worries, bud. Happens to all of us.

    Libandproud... Just because you're head is pointed it doesn't mean you're sharp.

  • cary2006 Oct 16, 2008

    On Bloomberg's:

    looks like Mr. Joe owes money in back taxes and has a lein due to tax debt.

  • YeaOh Oct 16, 2008

    There's one thing we can count on our politicians doing, that is turning Americans against on another. Looks like if any of them were worth a nickel we'd be rallied behind our candidates and not in the faces of the oposition. That would be hard, and we don't like hard. Aren't you just so pround to be a part of this system?

  • now Oct 16, 2008

    "Joe the Plumber was a plant from McCain"

    Oh, mt. Here we go with this type of Liberal gibberish.

    I have to act like a democrat and run.

    I am sure when I come back in, EVERY Liberal will be repeating this lie. Good Grief.