Pence, Cooper, McCrory and Will Ferrell visit NCSU game Saturday
Posted October 29, 2016
Updated October 30, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — It was a party Saturday when several unexpected guests visited North Carolina State University's Carter-Finley Stadium to talk to tailgaters before the football game.
Gov. Pat McCrory, candidate for governor Roy Cooper, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence and comedian Will Ferrell all made an appearance at the arena around 10:30 a.m.
Ferrell and Cooper were working together to encourage people to vote early, reports said. Ferrell arrived in the Triangle over the weekend to campaign for Hillary Clinton and to advocate for early voting at Saturday's football game and at events in Carrboro and Durham.
"This is an election that’s really going to be decided by young voters. They could really have an impact,” Ferrell said. ”We just want to make sure that we remind everyone how important it is to vote. I think there is the attitude that a single vote doesn’t matter, and it actually really does.”
He said he is especially excited for college-aged voters "to really be a deciding factor in this election.”
Ferrell also mentioned House Bill 2, the controversial bill which requires people to use public bathrooms that match their birth gender and excludes gay and transgender people from discrimination protections.
“The state of North Carolina (can) kind of reverse the fortune in terms of losing all the business from the bathroom law and things like that to kind of overturn things like that to remind people that actually North Carolina is a great place to visit and do business,” he said.
Cooper said he was glad national celebrities were paying attention to the state of North Carolina, as it is an important swing state in the federal races.
”Having Will Ferrell out here getting all the people early to vote I think is important. When you bring people in who are famous and everybody knows who they are and they’re telling them who to vote [for] then get it done," Cooper said.
While in the Triangle, Ferrell plans to go door-to-door to talk to voters, according to Hillary Clinton's campaign staff.
Pence and Gov. McCrory were seen shaking hands and talking with tailgaters before Pence left the arena to meet more people at the Raleigh Farmers Market.