“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.
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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.
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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.