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Sen. Clinton’s visit to Penn State Fayette draws thousands from Fayette County

3/25/2008 —

Roughly 4,000 people packed into Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus’ Community Center Monday evening, March 24, to hear presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton speak. Penn State welcomed the Clinton campaign to campus as part of the University’s effort to expose students to the 2008 presidential campaign and is part of an open-door policy for the campaigns of both parties’ presidential candidates. Most of the event’s attendees were able to fit into the Community Center’s main arena, although about 400 watched a live video feed from a smaller gym in the building, a crowd that Sen. Clinton made a point to visit after she finished her speech the main arena.

Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel Osagie welcomed the crowd at the start of the event. Speakers included Sheriff Gary Brownfield, Fayette County Commissioner Vince Vicites, Fayette County Commissioner Vince Zapotosky, state Sen. Richard Kasunic, U.S. Rep. John Murtha, and Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell.

Clinton spoke about the economy, health-care, the home mortgage crisis, the high cost of higher education and student loans, the No Child Left Behind Act, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other issues.

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