Dome: Michelle Obama to campaign in Durham this week

FROM STAFF REPORTSSeptember 16, 2012 

First lady Michelle Obama will speak in North Carolina on Wednesday to students and campaign supporters in Durham and Greenville.

The Durham event at N.C. Central University’s McClendon-McDougald Gymnasium is open to the NCCU campus community. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with Michelle Obama’s remarks scheduled for 1:40 p.m.

In Greenville, the first lady speaks in Williams Arena at East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum. Doors open at 3 p.m., with her remarks scheduled at 5:45 p.m.

Both events are free to those who get tickets in advance. In Durham, those with NCCU student IDs can get tickets Monday and Tuesday at 9 a.m. at NCCU’s Alfonso Elder Student Union, Room 104B.

Tickets for the Greenville event are available at 10 a.m. Monday at Obama campaign offices in Greenville and Rocky Mount, and at 11 a.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday at ECU’s Mendenhall Student Center, Cynthia’s Lounge.

Michelle Obama is a familiar presence in the state, appearing at campaign events and fundraisers in 2008 and this year.

She was in North Carolina just two weeks ago, delivering a televised speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and speaking to smaller convention gatherings.

New campaign ads for Obama

The campaign of President Barack Obama has a new TV ad in North Carolina and eight other battleground states that says former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has never actually stood up to China. The ad accuses him of investing in companies that specialize in relocating jobs to low-wage countries such as China.

The Obama campaign said Romney’s companies were called “pioneers” in shipping U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas and part of Romney’s fortune is still invested in China.

Besides North Carolina, the ad is airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Robert Reid, a Romney campaign spokesman, said in a statement that it’s a false ad that has been debunked time and again by independent fact checkers. “President Obama has failed to stand up to China and is now using false attacks to cover up his failed economic record,” he said.

Donations paid for DNC venue

Democratic National Convention organizers paid to use the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte from an account that accepted corporate donations, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Obama had told organizers not to use corporate money for the convention.

But Dan Murrey, head of the convention host committee, told Observer reporter Tim Funk that contracts signed in early 2011 said the committee could pay the arena fee from either of two funds, one that accepted corporate money or one that didn’t.

All the big convention speeches were given from the arena. It cost $5 million to use.

Celebration for Danny McComas

EUE/Screen Gems Studios is hosting a party for former state Rep. Danny McComas of New Hanover County to celebrate his support for the film industry.

McComas, a Republican, did not run for re-election and recently resigned his seat to become chairman of the State Ports Authority board.

The “Celebration of Danny McComas” will be held Sept. 29 at the Wilmington studio, the Star-News reported.

McComas co-starred in a legislative drama a few months ago when he sponsored an amendment extending the state’s film tax incentives and exchanged a high five with Democratic Rep. Susi Hamilton of Wilmington.

Hamilton later voted to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill allowing fracking. She said later she did not exchange film incentives for her fracking vote.

Staff writers Rob Christensen, Lynn Bonner and Franco Ordoñez

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