Hillary Clinton coming to town Monday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Staff report
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will bring her campaign to Salisbury on Monday afternoon.
She is scheduled to speak at the Historic Salisbury Station at 250 Depot St., at 3 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
People who attend will have to go through metal detectors manned by the Secret Service.
Clinton’s campaign is advising those who want to attend not to bring large bags or signs.
According to information provided to Salisbury Police, she will appear under the train station awning on the track side. Entrance will be from the Council Street side.
Clinton’s stop in Salisbury is part of three-day swing through the state just over a week before the primary on May 6.
She is scheduled to appear for a “Solutions for America” rally in Wilmington tonight.
After a stop in Salisbury, she will be joined by her daughter, Chelsea for a rally at the Time Warner Cable Arena ( formerly the Charlotte Bobcats Arena).
Salisbury Police began preparing for the visit Friday afternoon, according to Police Chief Mark Wilhelm.
Additional police officers will be working Monday.
“It will be similar to what we did for Bill,” said Wilhelm, referring to former President Clinton’s visit on March 28.
He drew a crowd estimated at between 600 and 1,000.
There will be extra security because his wife is a presidential candidate and the Secret Service will be in charge.
Police are preparing for a crowd of up to 5,000 for Hillary’s stop, which is billed an early vote event.
Wilhelm said he’s not sure if the Depot area will hold 5,000 people, adding, “We will get all we can in.”
Genoal Russell, recently elected chairman of the Rowan County Democratic Party, may get a chance to meet the other half of the famous family.
Russell introduced President Clinton during his visit.
Late Saturday, Russell said she hadn’t heard about Hillary’s visit.
She already had plans for Monday afternoon, but said those may be changed. She’s hoping for a big crowd for Hillary and for Barack Obama if he decides to make a stop in Salisbury.
“We’re very honored to have Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama come through,” said Russell. “The presidential race is very vital, especially now.”