AFP organizing Obama protest

Posted by John Frank on January 14, 2014 

UPDATED

President Barack Obama’s critics are organizing a protest to mark his arrival in Raleigh on Wednesday.

Americans for Prosperity, a tea-party aligned group that opposes Obama’s agenda, is coordinating the effort. The conservative activists are gathering at the corner of Varsity and Western Boulevard on the N.C. State University campus.

“Americans for Prosperity has asked for our help to protest this president’s failed policies. They hope to get a very large crowd at NCSU to protest,” Wake GOP chairwoman Donna Williams wrote in an email.

AFP is putting an emphasis on problems related to the federal health care law, running millions of dollars worth of TV ads in North Carolina aimed at weakening Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. The ads also take aim at President Barack Obama.

“North Carolinians haven’t forgotten that President Obama and Senator Hagan have broken their promise that we could keep our health insurance plans and remain staunchly opposed to ObamaCare,” said Donald Bryson, policy analyst for Americans for Prosperity in North Carolina. “We look forward to reminding the President of his broken promise and our continued opposition to his broken, unaffordable health care law.”

An earlier version of this post said the John Locke Foundation was hosting a free lunch and providing transportation for the protesters. That information, which came from the Wake County Republican Party, was wrong. Bryson explains that Americans for Prosperity rents space in the same building as the John Locke Foundation office in Raleigh, and occasionally uses the building’s conference room for AFP activities. The Locke Foundation has nothing to do with the protest or lunch.

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