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Obama to Speak About Iraq War at Fayetteville Tech

Posted March 18, 2008 1:42 p.m. EDT
Updated March 18, 2008 5:37 p.m. EDT

— Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will visit Fayetteville Technical Community College Wednesday morning during a one-day swing through North Carolina.

Obama is set to speak about national security and ending the Iraq War at the Tony Rand Center on the Fayetteville Tech campus at 10 a.m. The invitation-only event is restricted to about 150 veterans, members of military families and local officials, according to campaign officials.

He also will hold a town hall-style meeting at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon. All tickets to that event were distributed Monday.

The appearances by the U.S. senator from Illinois are the first in North Carolina by either of the two Democratic contenders in the weeks leading up to the state's May 6 primary.

Campaign officials for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton said she also will be a frequent visitor to North Carolina over the next seven weeks, but no appearances have been scheduled yet.

North Carolina has taken on a growing importance in the battle for the Democratic nomination as Obama and Clinton remain in a close race with a dwindling number of primaries remaining. The state's 134 delegates are second only to Pennsylvania's 188 among states that have yet to vote.