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Friday, July 11, 2008

Political spotlight on Cincy next week

Next week will be a big week for Cincinnati as the political spotlight will be shining directly upon our city. It all starts with the 99th annual NAACP convention being held at the Duke Energy Center. The convention is expected to bring an estimated 9,000 delegates and two VERY important special guests.

The two presumptive presidential nominees, Sen. John McCain (R) and Sen. Barack Obama (D), are both scheduled to address the NAACP delegates this coming week. Local NBC affiliate WLWT-TV, Channel 5, has announced that they will cut in to normal programming to broadcast both speeches live. This then allows the speeches to be shown on the giant LED board over Fountain Square - expect big crowds.

McCain and Obama - from

The real issue here is not all of the coverage Cincinnati will get, the political attention, or big crowds that will fill hotels and spend big money. The thing that should be most noted is how it all came to be...Mayor Mallory, and other key leaders, worked aggressively to lure the NAACP convention to Cincinnati over the convention heavyweight Las Vegas.

In addition to that the City has worked very hard at giving Downtown a "spit-shine" to ensure a good impression on the 9,000 delegates. This 1-million dollar effort included things like repairing damaged sidewalks, curbs, street corners, painting light poles and other small projects.

Speech Schedule:
Sen. Barack Obama (D) --- Monday, July 14th at 8pm
Sen. John McCain (R) --- Wednesday, July 16th sometime between 9:30am and 12:30pm


Hawse said...

I feel like Cincinnati has been waiting and ready for this spotlight. I think that city officials are ready and they are going to take FULL advantage of this opportunity. National Spotlights (of this caliber) only come once in a blue moon.

5chw4r7z said...

Lets see Obama is speaking at 8PM sharp, Monday evening. McCaine, oh sometime Wednesday morning, no one knows the exact time, sometime in the morning when everyone is at work with a wide enough time frame you can't sneak out for an hour.
How big a deal do you think news media will make that Obama drew bigger crowds?

WestEnder said...

^I would guess less of a big deal than they made when Bush spoke at the ballpark (and Kerry spoke in a parking lot, I believe) during the '04 campaign.

It's always unfair when it happens to your guy...

Brad said...

i The media probably will make a big deal out of it, but I would imagine that Obama would draw bigger crowds even if the time slots were reversed.

Jason said...

I can't wait for this. The only thing that stinks is that I have to work until 8pm and its going to take me 15 minutes to get downtown from clifton on my bike. I'm still going to show up and show my support even if it means I'll be a little late.
Go Obama!

5chw4r7z said...

WestEnder, un contraire!
Thats exactly what I love most about politics, and I'd hardly call McCain my guy, just what I'm left with.
But I will be on the Square tonight, who knows Obama could win me over yet.

WestEnder said...

...just what I'm left with.

Ha! Well said, I would add that one could make that statement every four years.

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