11 July 2008

See Obama at Fountain Square Monday

...On the Jumbotron:
Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center will be packed next week when presumed Democratic and Republican presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain address members of the 99th Annual NAACP Convention.

Most of us will not have access to the convention center, but all of us can be part of this historic moment in Cincinnati and presidential history. Speeches by the candidates will be broadcast live on Fountain Square. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Obama is scheduled to speak Monday July 14 at 8 p.m. McCain is scheduled to speak on the final day of the convention, Wednesday July 16, sometime late at night when everyone is asleep.

Local Republican and Democratic party officials as well as local Obama and McCain campaign leaders are expected to be on the Square as part of a “viewing party” to watch the speeches. Local NBC affiliate, WLWT-TV, Channel 5, has indicated it will pre-empt regular programming at the time of the speeches and carry them live, allowing them to be broadcast on Fountain Square.

UPDATE: If you want to actually get into the convention, day passes are apparently available starting today for $30 for adults and $15 for children. You do not need to be a NAACP member.

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