McCain likely to campaign in Hickory;
Palin coming to Greensboro fundraiser
With Democrat Barack Obama continuing to run strong in North Carolina, the campaign of Republican John McCain is ramping up its efforts here. Next week both McCain and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin are expected to campaign in the state.
Although nothing has been announced, McCain is likely to make his first general election appearance in the state Oct. 18. The most likely location is Hickory.
Palin will attend a fundraiser next Thursday at the Greensboro home of the McCain-Palin finance chairman, businessman Louis DeJoy. She is also likely to have a public rally.
Easley thinks rural voters will back Obama
Gov. Mike Easley says many rural voters will end up backing Obama.
In an interview Wednesday on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, Easley said that he thinks many people who said they would not vote for Obama will end up doing so because of their economic interests.
“There's a lot of people that have been saying all along they'd never vote for Barack Obama, but they're going to go in the voting booth, and they're going to do it because it's in their economic interest,” said Easley, a Democrat.
Obama is expanding his outreach into rural areas Down East, and Easley argued it's working.
“I saw a pickup truck Monday,” he said. “A guy riding in it with a shotgun in the back and he had a camo hat and two Obama stickers. I think the message there is ‘I like McCain, but I love my job.'”
Perdue vows to meet the press each week
If elected governor, Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue vows to field questions from the news media every week, share her schedules and prohibit her staff from deleting e-mails.
The Democrat made the promises in a meeting this week with The News & Observer's editorial board.
“I'll be so available,” Perdue said, “you'll be tired of me.”
Republican nominee Pat McCrory, mayor of Charlotte, made the same pledge during his meeting with the board last week.