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Covelli expects ‘a full house’ for Obama, Clinton

Published: Fri, October 26, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

Monday rally tickets doled out today on a first-come, first-served basis





By David Skolnick



It isn’t the concert of the year, but a decent crowd is expected to line up outside the Covelli Centre today for tickets to attend a major political event.

People will be waiting in line for passes for Monday’s rally with President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

Ticket distribution begins at noon.

“For certain, there will be a line,” said Eric Ryan, the center’s executive director. “It’s an historic event. We’re looking forward to a full house.”

While the campaign is still working on the logistics, about 5,000 to 6,000 tickets will be available, Ryan said.

The ticket distribution will be handled by the campaign, which will set up a table in the lobby of the center’s box office at 229 E. Front St.

It is one ticket per person on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the campaign.

Also, tickets will be available starting at 1 p.m. at the Obama field offices in Boardman at 4300 Market St. and in Warren at 155 S. Park Ave.

This is the first time since the Democratic National Convention that Obama and Clinton are campaigning together.

The campaign paid the regular rental fee for the center, said Ryan, who declined Thursday to disclose that amount.

There will be no charge for parking, and the concession stands won’t be opened for the rally.

On Monday, the doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for the rally. The campaign hasn’t said when the rally will start.

Obama and Clinton will travel Monday to political events in Youngstown along with Orlando, Fla., and Prince William County, Va., in three of the key swing states in this presidential election.

The visit comes eight days before the Nov. 6 general election.

It is Obama’s second campaign visit to the Mahoning Valley this year. He made stops July 6 in Boardman and Poland.

The Covelli Centre has Youngstown Phantoms hockey games on Friday night and Sunday afternoon with a Disney “Phineas and Ferb” show Saturday.

“We have a crew of about 75 ready to set up for the rally as soon as the hockey game ends Sunday,” Ryan said. “It’s crazy, but it is very exciting.”

Also, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, is coming Sunday afternoon to Youngstown to campaign on behalf of the president.

Plans for Emanuel haven’t been finalized.

Meanwhile, the lane closures on Interstate 680 will remain in place Monday and throughout the rest of construction season, said Brent Kovacs, Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 spokesman.

The exits at South Avenue and Market Street and the stretch on interstate between them have lane restrictions. I-680 northbound is down to two lanes, but has also been restricted this week to one lane, while I-680 southbound is down to one lane. The speed limit on the portion of I-680 has been reduced from 50 miles per hour to 40 mph.

“When the president comes through, they will take all construction equipment off the road, but the construction zones, cones and barrels will remain,” Kovacs said.

Kovacs said ODOT is not given prior notification of when the president will be on the interstate.

Contributor: Ashley Luthern


1reallytired(84 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if anyone in this Valley will remember how Clinton took the Pentagon payroll center off us when he was elected?? Bush Sr. gave us the project and 6500 government jobs, Then Clinton took it off the valley and moved it else where, Our reward for being loyal Democratics.

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2andersonathan(682 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Am sure the local UAW will have their own section and Delphi worker will be left outside.

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3walter_sobchak(2053 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

This is a huge tactical mistake by the Obama team. It is doubtful that they will fill the Covelli Center on the middle of a Monday afternoon. They should have used the Beeghley Building on YSU. Then, they could have let the students in that are already on campus. They bring energy to an arena. If he wants to win Ohio, he has to try to dupe the young people again.

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4andersonathan(682 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The reason for the stop is simple Obama's sheep will flock to him. national news will say thousands of Obama Supporters with picture of lines of people. Other places have "empty seats" for Obama as people realize the empty suit is hanging over a vacant chair

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5Dagwood(226 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Monday, Doors open at 2:30?

Expecting a packed house?

Doesn't anybody work anymore?

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6redeye1(4901 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I just heard a rumor that they are going temporarly call the Coveli centre on Monday "The House of FOOLS" Can anyone guess why?
Dagwood The UAW will be begging their members to show up. And of course with all the welfare recieving people around here they should pack the centre. They will be out in droves protecting their FREE handouts.

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7youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Dagwodd, the Democrats and liberals working? Give me a break. It's going to be the obamaphone giveaway part 2.

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8cambridge(3187 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Obama 2012!

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9mrblue(1119 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Nothing but a show. This area will vote for the President regardless. You will hear the same things that you have been hearing on the T V. Nothing but a show..

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10greene(167 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Hey, islandMike, I am goinng to vote for Barry O. He will certainly get impeached over this Benghazi inaction and cover up. Then Joe will be prez! Island Mike is going to have a wet dreeam...

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11twin(18 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Should be a packed house. Most of Obama supporters don't work. Dumb Liberals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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12greene(167 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Hulkster, the actual meaning, Impeached to accuse (a public official) before an appropriate tribunal of misconduct in office. It does not mean removal.

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13sam_carter(118 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Delphi, i hate to say this, but you are exibiting a blind naivete with your anti Obama posts.
Please review the past actions of the party of no, this historic do-nothing congress. It has been the absolute policy of the tea bag dominated republican party to block anything good, right, and moral that President Obama can do for this country. You are foolishly blind if you did not recognize that. Most likely, you choose not to.

Case in point, four republican senators sponsored, then wrote a bill to help veterans returning home from Iraq. Then voted AGAINST IT! Why? Because they want to make the President look bad.
Shameful. They had no problem sending these boys to war, (no talk of budget deficits). Now they choose to ignore these veterans.

So do you think for one minute, that if Obama tried to help you, that the party of NO would not vote it down? For their tired redundant reason that it adds to the debt? For the selfish reason that if it is perceived that Obama helped you out, you would vote for him?
Naive Delphi. Naive.

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14sam_carter(118 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Dagwood, twin. I see a majority of anti-democrat posts placed during the day. Do you people not work? Or, if you are "working", do you think your boss would be happy that you are posting during company time?
How about the fellow that keeps up with the muslim, hussein comments. At work, on a company computer that can be reviewed. Any respectable employer would frown on that, if not fire you...

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15jojuggie(1602 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

From a Czech newspaper:

Sorry to say that this Czech News Paper article hit the nail on the head...Obama is a symptom of and not the cancer that is eating away at America !


This quote was translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the Prague Zeitung of 28 April 2011.

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president... The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince... The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of Idiots such as those who made him president."


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16hollywood(94 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

obama 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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17dawn421(265 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Where o where is Williamswinger with all the anti Democratic BS? Did he finally crawl in his hole? Takes real class to call a person uneducated just because they are not Republican like he does. But I see Delphi is picking up his slack by posting the same phrase over and over.

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18chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Reading between the lines. The message in the Vindy headlines was meant to read : "Covelli expects 'House of Fools' for Obama, Clinton."

No one is talking about the out-state migration of Democrats from Cuyahoga County. This will greatly affect the razor thin race in Ohio.

Real change will be hear in 10 days. Watch the Chris Matthews' meltdown on 11/6.

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