Edwards Makes Stop In Raleigh On Way To Boston
Posted July 26, 2004 9:24 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Democratic Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards is back in Raleigh for a campaign appearance in Research Triangle Park before heading to the Democratic National Conventon in Boston.
Edwards, who arrived with his wife, Elizabeth, at Raleigh-Durham International Airport shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, is attending an "innovation and research event" at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park. The event got under way at 10 a.m.
Edwards was scheduled to attend another innovation and research event at North Carolina A&T University Monday afternoon, but the event was postponed.
During his home-state stop, Edwards will focus on his and John Kerry's plan to build a stronger America through science, technology and innovation.
The Kerry-Edwards' plan includes tapping into America's sense of discovery to develop new technologies that will create good paying jobs, cut health-care costs and help find cures for disease.
After spending Monday night at home in Raleigh, Edwards will leave for the Democratic convention at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Meanwhile, it was announced Sunday that Edwards is returning more than $44,000 in contributions raised by a wealthy Los Angeles lawyer for his presidential primary campaign.
Pierce O'Donnell is a lawyer and a longtime Edwards supporter. His donations are being returned as federal and California authorities investigate O'Donnell's fund-raising activities.
The money was raised by Edwards before he abandoned the race for president in March.
North Carolina gets to take a prime spot in the convention because of Edwards.
Boston is full of delegates, Democrats, security and journalists. In fact, 15,000 media members are in Boston -- enough to almost fill the RBC Center in Raleigh.
More than 100 Democrats make up the North Carolina delegation. They know they will be a part of history; for the first time in 144 years, a North Carolinian is on a national ticket. Most, but not all are pledged to Edwards.
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