N.C. prepares for Clinton's whirlwind tour

March 26, 2008 6:59:02 PM PDT
Hillary Clinton is expected to talk about the economy during a whirlwind tour through N.C. Thursday.

First, she'll speak in Raleigh then she'll head to Fayetteville when her appearance there will be a special moment for one high school senior.

"She has been a big influence in my life definitely a mentor for me," Clinton supporter Wynne Kelly said.

The 17-year-old high school senior and her friends spent Wednesday afternoon making posters and banners for Clinton's rally.

Kelly calls it a double honor to introduce Clinton at the rally and to be able to vote for the first time.

"It's amazing to know that I can have an impact," Kelly said. "My vote will have such a strong impact this year."

And trying to connect with younger voters may be part of the Clinton's strategy during Thursday's visit.

Her first stop is at Wake Tech where she will talk about the economy to a crowd that will include younger voters juggling school, work and children. Many of them are feeling the effects of a slowing economy.

"I think it's excellent, she is taking the time to realize a different set of students," Wake Tech student Chase Shain said.

In Fayetteville the economy is tied to military deployments. A lot of voters want to hear how Clinton plans to end the war and fix the economy.

"I want to hear her talk about the economy and what she is going to do to fix the credit crunch, liquidity problems, banks," Fayetteville resident Stephen Miles said.

Miles plans to be present for the speech.

In Fayetteville, they are planning for 1500 -- that's the fire limit in the gym.

The door open at noon but Clinton's appearance has already been pushed back to 2 p.m.

Clinton Schedule

She'll make her first stop at Wake Tech in Raleigh and deliver an economic policy speech at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m.

After that she heads to Fayetteville. At 2 p.m. she will speak at a Solutions for America event at Terry Sanford High School.

Her final stop will be in Winston-Salem. There's another Solutions for America event at the Forsyth Tech Gym. That starts at 5:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.


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