Chapel Hill is no stranger to presidential campaigns.
President Barack Obama visited UNC's campus in 2016 to campaign for then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders hosted a rally outside of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center in fall 2019.
The trend continued Tuesday when Tim O’Brien, senior adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, visited the campaign’s newly-opened Chapel Hill office to discuss policy and strategy with supporters.
O’Brien briefly spoke about Bloomberg broadly and what his campaign is about, focusing on his differences and opposition to many of President Donald Trump’s actions and policies, as well as highlighting their differences in upbringing and career despite their obvious similarities as billionaires from New York.
Most of the afternoon “strategy session,” however, focused on a question and answer session that involved asking members of the community about Bloomberg’s image in Chapel Hill, Durham and North Carolina as a whole. Many of the questions related to Bloomberg’s time as mayor of New York City and how some of his past policies, particularly stop-and-frisk, are red flags for community members.