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Clinton rally seeks to boost N.C. support

By Abbigail Overfelt
News Editor

Photo by Abbigail Overfelt
Retired Military Officer Perry Parks selects Sen. Hillary Clinton campaign buttons at a March 27 rally in Fayetteville. Parks, along with many others, waved signs, wore stickers and cheered in support of presidential candidate Clinton.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton visited Fayetteville’s Terry Sanford High School on March 27 in a string of appearances to boost support in North Carolina.

The visit came five days after Sen. Obama spoke to a small audience at Fayetteville Technical Community College on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. Sen. Clinton arrived at about 3:30 p.m. after visiting Raleigh.

Retired Military Officer Perry Parks said his voting strategy can be summed up in three letters: ABM, or “Anybody but McCain.”

Parks, who spent 30 months in Vietnam and two months in Iran in 1979, said the deciding factor for his democratic vote happened when McCain made the “alarming” mistake of confusing the Sunni and Shiites, two groups that are very different with their involvement in American relations.

Parks said he supports Clinton’s plan for universal healthcare.

“It is a crime for a country like ours not to have a definite way to take care of its people,” he said. He called the current administration the “most dangerous” in his lifetime. “I lost all respect for the Bush administration due to all their secrecy and tendency to think that they can live outside the rule of law,” he said.

Fayetteville resident Ann Gregory said the Clinton rally would definitely help her decide who to vote for.

“I think I know who I am going to vote for in the primary, but I will definitely support the democratic candidate,” she said.

Gregory was one of the select few who were invited to see Sen. Barack Obama speak March 19 at Fayetteville Technical Community College.

“He is definitely the most intelligent person I have ever heard speak, and possibly the most charismatic,” she said.

FTCC student Rachel Liniewski said she was excited that Clinton came to Fayetteville.

“I am going to vote for Hillary,” she said. “I love everything about her, her speeches, morals and ideas for the future are far better than any other candidate I have seen,” she said.

“Obama always talks about all these ideas for the future, but he doesn’t describe what those ideas are,” she added.

“I am so relieved to be here with fellow democrats,” said Spring Lake resident Ana Blackburn. “I am the only non-republican in my neighborhood and I get ragged on all the time,” she said.

“If you’re a female and a minority, why wouldn’t you be a Democrat?” she asked. Blackburn said that she is voting for Sen. Clinton because the country “is going to hell in a hand basket.”

Blackburn said she wishes the country could go back to the “good old days when the Clintons were in office.”

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