Palin to make a stop in N.C.

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will make her first Carolinas campaign appearance Tuesday night with a rally at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

Palin is scheduled to speak at the Road to Victory rally at the school's Minges Coliseum. It will be the first visit to North Carolina or South Carolina by a member of the GOP ticket since last month's convention. And, other than a recent stop in Florida, it will be the Alaska governor's first campaign stop to the Southeast.

“There's been a lot of excitement in North Carolina about the historic Republican ticket,” GOP spokesman Mario Diaz said late Wednesday. “Gov. Palin is excited about the stop, and she looks forward to bringing her message of reform to North Carolinians.”

Palin's stop will come just before running mate John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama square off for their second debate Tuesday in Nashville. Doors at the coliseum open at 5 p.m.

Obama is scheduled to spend Sunday and Monday in Asheville getting ready for the debate. It will be his third visit in two weeks to the state.

Two polls this week showed a tight race between Obama and McCain in North Carolina. Jim Morrill

Hagan will speak at Charlotte event today

Democratic N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan, who is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, will speak to Charlotte's Uptown Democratic Forum at noon today.

Hagan will speak at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. Lunch is $10. Reservations: 704-731-6102. Jim Morrill

John Edwards plans Indiana appearance after election

John Edwards will visit Indiana University on Nov. 11, one week after Election Day, as he resumes public speaking following his admission in August of an extramarital affair. Edwards will talk about what the election results mean for the country. Associated Press