Sen. Barack Obama will be in Asheville to prepare for next Tuesday’s presidential debate with Sen. John McCain, his campaign confirmed today. No location or public appearance has been announced yet.
“All we’re getting right now is that he will be practicing for the debate in the Asheville area,” Paul Cox, spokesperson for Obama’s North Carolina campaign, told Xpress.
The campaign couldn’t specify when exactly Obama would be in Asheville, but the annual Vance-Aycock dinner, the state Democratic Party’s largest fundraiser, will be held Saturday at the Grove Park Inn.
A Sept. 29 poll by Public Policy Polling showed Obama with a narrow lead over McCain in North Carolina, though other polls have shown the race here to be tied, leading some commentators to characterize North Carolina as a swing state in this election. Jimmy Carter was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win in this state, in 1976.
The town hall-style debate, moderated by Tom Brokaw, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Belmont University in Nashville.
— David Forbes, staff writer