Details of Hillary Clinton appearance in Asheville announced

Fresh on the heels of a primary victory in Pennsylvania, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton will bring her presidential campaign to the Asheville Civic Center this Thursday, April 24, with an appearance scheduled for 8 p.m.

The event is part of a statewide blitz by both Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who will be appearing separately around the Tar Heel state this week (as will their daughter, Chelsea Clinton) to drum up support before the May 6 North Carolina primary election.

Doors at the Civic Center will open at 6 p.m., a spokesperson from the campaign told Xpress. The event is free and unticketed; the spokesperson advised those interested in attending to “arrive early.” Clinton will be joined by retired Gen. Hugh Shelton, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The text of a Clinton campaign news release on the senator’s Thursday itinerary is posted below.

— Jon Elliston, managing editor


April 22, 2008

CONTACT: North Carolina Press Office


NEW DETAILS: Hillary Clinton Returns to North Carolina

Clinton to Visit Jacksonville, Fayetteville, and Asheville with Gen. Hugh Shelton, Ret.

The Clinton campaign today announced new details of Hillary Clinton’s return to the Tar Heel State this Thursday, April 24. Clinton will hold campaign events in Jacksonville, Fayetteville, and Asheville, and will be joined on the campaign trail by former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Hugh Shelton, Ret.

All events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Thursday, April 24
Jacksonville, NC à Fayetteville, NC à Asheville, NC

Doors Open: TBA
Event Begins: TBA
Hillary Clinton Attends a “Solutions for America” Event
Jacksonville, NC

Additional details to be announced.

Doors Open: 2:15 p.m. EDT
Event Begins: 4:15 p.m. EDT
Hillary Clinton Attends a “Solutions for America” Event
Methodist University, Riddle Center
5400 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC

Doors Open: 6:00 p.m. EDT
Event Begins: 8:00 p.m. EDT
Hillary Clinton Attends a “Solutions for America” Event
Asheville Civic Center
87 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC


About Jon Elliston
Former Mountain Xpress managing editor Jon Elliston is the senior editor at WNC magazine.

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17 thoughts on “Details of Hillary Clinton appearance in Asheville announced

  1. entopticon

    Unfortunately, I will be out of town tomorrow evening, but I hope Ashevillains ask some of the tough questions that need to be asked of her.

    Here is one: At Camp David in January of 1995, in a discussion about what to do about low support from working-class Southerners, Hillary said, “Screw ’em.”

    She went onto say, “”You don’t owe them a thing, Bill. They’re doing nothing for you; you don’t have to do anything for them.”

    At least three major Democratic advisors, Benjamin Barber (a Hillary supporter), Harry Boyte, and Alan Wolfe have confirmed the verity of that quote.

    Is Hillary saying that all of those major Democratic figures are lying? If not, how does she reconcile that quote?

    Another question: How does Hillary reconcile the use of shameful right wing rhetoric such as her guilt-by association smear tactics against Obama and the outrageous fear-mongering in her ad featuring Osama bin Laden?

    An important question: Will she return the $800K that Bill Clinton made for lobbying the US for the murderous Columbian government’s trade deal, which she supposedly opposes?

    A related question: After her head strategist, Mark Penn, was caught working for the Columbian government for the trade deal that she supposedly opposes, why did she demote him rather than fire him?

    A particularly tough, but important question: How does Hillary reconcile calling herself a role model for women when she repeatedly sided with her husband, who was convicted lying under oath in a court of law about his infidelities, over his victims?

    The only message that sends to young women is don’t report sexual harassment or the boss’s wife will drag your name through the mud and destroy your career.

    Another question: How does Hillary reconcile the fact that so many conservatives have made it clear that they will not support her healthcare proposal because of the mandates, with the fact that it could never make it through the legislature without their support?

    Another important question: Since this election is by far the most significant legislative experience in her life, how does she explain the many failures, including her inability to pay the campaign’s bills, and their comparative lack of success in grassroots organization?

    A two part question: How does Hillary reconcile her attack on Democratic Party activists such as since it would be impossible to win a general election without the activist core? What is her issue with

    Avery important question worth an answer: What does Hillary have to say about the recent statement issued by the editorial board of the NY Times, “It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the campaign’s negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.”?

    One final question: If Obama wins the most delegates, the most states, and the most popular votes, will she concede for the good of the Democratic Party?

    My suggestion, get together with a group of friends and divide these and other important questions among yourselves. Show Hillary that Asheville will not tolerate her Rovian tactics.

  2. Gordon Smith

    I don’t see anywhere that it says Hillary’s going to take questions from anyone. This looks like a General opening for a Hillary speech.

    I’d be surprised if she took any questions.


    I’m going to get you your own blog, dude.}

  3. Gordon Smith


    If you want it, I made you a blog:

    To post to it, just click on the Blogger icon.
    Username: Entopticon
    Password: eyeballs

    None of you other jokers jump in there. Be cool.

    I had to get you a yahoo mail address to start it. Email me for your username and password.

  4. bobaloo

    “Another question: How does Hillary reconcile the use of shameful right wing rhetoric”

    You mean like the rhetoric you just used in that post?

  5. francois manavit

    Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is best positioned to win in the fall, but exit polling shows that Barack Obama could do just as well.

  6. Rosella Streett

    So excited she is coming to Asheville! Hillary has what it takes to be a great leader!


  7. undecided

    I wouldn’t have minded seeing Hillary. I did, however, take offense at being told to sign a pledge to vote for her in order to be allowed in. WTF?

  8. tatuaje

    When will people stop treating these politicians like rock stars? They are essentially interviewing for one of the most important jobs in the world…a public service job at that. And people line up for autographs? Get a grip people…they’re POLITICIANS….

  9. entopticon

    Gordon Smith, that was thoughtful of you, thanks.

    I’m away for the week, visiting friends in the evil elitist bastion commonly known as San Francisco, but a blog is worth looking into when I return.

    Thanks again for thinking of me.

    bobaloo, Hillary harping on Farrakhan was a right wing tractic that even many moderate conservatives have condemned. Thomas Moore, the world’s foremost scholar on Rove’s despicable tactics said that the similarities between her and rove are overwhelming.

    There was nothing right wing about my questions. I just think that people need to call her on her Rovian tactics before she hands the election over to John McCain.

  10. bobaloo


    Oh no, there’s nothing particularly sleazy about questioning her integrity because she stayed with her husband after an affair.
    Not to mention alluding to Bill Clinton as a serial womanizer.
    No, that’s not a right wing talking point at all.

    I’m not saying that it hasn’t been a messy campaign, but if you want to complain about her tactics, you can’t turn around and use them yourself.

    By the way, if you don’t think her socialized health care program could pass, how in the world would Obama’s?

  11. entopticon

    bobaloo… I think siding with a sexual harasser clearly speaks to the integrity of someone claiming to be for women’s issues, particularly a person who was convicted of lying under oath about his infidelities.

    Hillary actively participated in the character assassination of Bill’s victims. You can try to equate that with Hillary’s guilt by association attacks on Obama, which have no legitimate point concerning the issues, but it is an unreasonable comparison.

    The health care issue is very serious. The reason Obama’s can pass and not hers, is because the mandates in her plan guarantee that it could never amass the necessary bipartisan support to make it through legislation, whereas his plan can amass the necessary support because it doesn’t rely on the same mandates.

    A group of around 100 of the nation’s foremost healthcare policy experts that are trying to achieve universal healthcare sent Hillary Clinton a signed letter pleading with her to restructure her plan without the mandates because it couldn’t possibly pass.

    Congressman Jim Cooper, who has been at the forefront of working for bipartisan support of universally affordable healthcare for decades also says that Hillary’s plan would stand absolutely no chance of passing because of the mandates.

    Many Republicans have already made it perfectly clear that they would never support her plan, and there is no way that she could pass it without them.

    Hillary’s divisive, polarizing tactics made her the lightening rod of the right wing for the last 16 years, which would mean that she would be an extremely ineffective leader from day one.

    As the lightening rod of the right, the one and only thing that could unite the fractured Republican party is Hillary Clinton.

  12. emmi

    entopticon, you are out of bounds, dude. It’s too bad- you could probably make some legitimate points if it weren’t so apparent that you are FILLED with hatred for Senator Clinton. How can anyone take your opinion seriously? You sound like all those nasty Obama supporters.But don’t worry, if Obama steals this nomination by continuing to block the votes of FL and MI and buying his super-d’s (Joe Andrews for instance- cost 10K) I’ll be voting McCain.

    I am a Reagan Dem, after all.

  13. bobaloo

    Again, you’re using a right wing, dare I say Rovian tactic against Hillary Clinton.

    Many people are uncomfortable with Obama’s relationship with Wright and how he’s handled it, but I agree that neither of these issues are relevant to their capabilities in office, but speak to their character.

    There is no way that Obama’s legislation for socialized health care will have any more Republican support than Hillary’s. Be honest and tell me which Reublicans have supported his health care proposals.

    I’m not a shill for either candidate, but you need to practice what you preach here.

  14. bobaloo

    But don’t worry, if Obama steals this nomination by continuing to block the votes of FL and MI and buying his super-d’s (Joe Andrews for instance- cost 10K) I’ll be voting McCain.

    Blocking the votes of FL and MI?!?

    All three candidates signed the same pledge concerning those primaries and not seating their delegates.
    If anyone is being dishonest about those primaries, it’s Clinton. It’s a desperation move.

  15. entopticon

    bobaloo, as they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    From a feminist perspective, it is absolutely reasonable, and in fact absolutely necessary, to raise issues that are particularly relevant to feminist concerns.

    Hillary participating in the smear campaigns against women who claimed sexual harassment is not a nonissue. It is not like saying that she once sat on the same board as someone who was accused of sexual harassment. That is Hillary and Rove’s methodology.

    It has nothing to do with who else has a problem with it, whether it is conservatives or anyone else. It is not acceptable for anyone to say that feminists don’t have the right to express concern over someone attacking the credibility of harassment issues, especially if that person is running for the highest political office.

    Concerning the legislative viability of Obama’s verses Hillary’s respective healthcare policies, you seriously need to look into the issue before making such assertions, because you are definitely wrong.

    Many Republicans have already made it clear that they would never support Hillary’s plan because of the mandates. The nation’s top healthcare policy experts, including congressman Jim Cooper who is widely considered to be the foremost expert on the issue, are saying that her plan would stand virtually no chance of passing, but Obama’s would.

    I do appreciate your point that Clinton signed the pledge for the FL and MI not to count, just like Obama.

    It has been shamefully underreported that Harold Ickes, Hillary’s senior advisor, was on the panel that made the ruling in the first place!

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