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President Obama is visiting UNC on Wednesday

Dr. Bill Ferris, a UNC Professor of the American South, will be giving a TED Talk in Durham, along with UNC's Dr. Flavio Frohlich and many other speakers on July 9th at the Carolina Theatre.
Buy Photos Dr. Bill Ferris, a UNC Professor of the American South, will be giving a TED Talk in Durham, along with UNC's Dr. Flavio Frohlich and many other speakers on July 9th at the Carolina Theatre.

Obama will deliver his speech at Hooker Fields and doors will open to the public at 12:30 p.m.

Robyn Patterson, spokesperson for the Clinton Campaign, said in an email they are looking forward to welcoming President Obama to North Carolina and to hear his support for Clinton.

“Donald Trump is unfit and unqualified to serve as commander-in-chief and we’re excited that President Obama is returning to North Carolina to make the case for Hillary Clinton and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top,” she said.

Courtney Sams, UNC Young Democrats president, said she plans to attend the event and thinks every student who is available should attend.

“It’s not often that you get to hear a sitting president speak in person and it’s a great honor that President Obama has chosen our campus to come and speak to,” she said.

[Read more: A look back on presidential visits to UNC throughout history]

Sams said Obama’s choice to speak at UNC says a lot about the state’s shifting values.

“Twelve years ago you never would have seen a Democratic president trying to rally voters in red North Carolina,” she said. “But we’ve seen over the past few elections that North Carolina really has become a battleground tossup state and with so many young liberal millennial voters on our campus, this is really a place for Democrats to come and try to rally together early voters.”

President Obama’s visit will show students how important the election is and will remind students to vote early, Sams said.

“No matter what side of the issue students are on, we really think it’s important that everyone gets out and votes as early as possible,” she said.

[Watch more: President Barack Obama's 2012 visit to UNC]

Sams said President Obama has been focused on convincing young voters to vote for the entire Democratic party and his visit will bring attention to less familiar races.

“I hope that he’ll continue to talk about that when he comes to UNC so that students realize the gravity of voting for not just Hillary Clinton for president, but Roy Cooper and Deborah Ross and people in smaller elections that have a lot more impact in our day-to-day lives,” she said.

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Those interested in attending the event can pick up tickets at the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill or the Albert Whiting Justice Building Parking Lot in Durham on Monday and Tuesday.

For specific times and locations to pick up tickets, go to https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/nexebhnoiwemsupw/. Tickets for the event are limited.

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