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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

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By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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


Comments

1reallytired(84 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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2walter_sobchak(1849 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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3JMHO(139 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

A wasted trip to the Mahoning Valley. Preaching to all the "sheeple" who will vote for him anyway. He won't gain any more votes by stopping here.

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4Dagwood(110 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Monday, Doors open at 2:30?

Expecting a packed house?

Doesn't anybody work anymore?

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5youngspartanrepublican(90 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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6cambridge(2968 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Obama 2012!

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7mrblue(968 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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8greene(167 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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9twin(18 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

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

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10greene(167 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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11sam_carter(87 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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12sam_carter(87 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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13hollywood(94 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

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

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14dawn421(265 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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15chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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16Education_Voter(840 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Chuck...Cuyahoga County is not "out of state."

But at any rate, good luck to them. Plenty of Mahoning County participants could not get tickets.

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