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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:33 PM

Bill Clinton in Tempe for Carmona rally Wednesday

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Reply Bill Clinton in Tempe for Carmona rally Wednesday (Original post)
Kali Oct 2012 OP
marybourg Oct 2012 #1
desertduck Oct 2012 #2
Kali Oct 2012 #3
desertduck Oct 2012 #5
Kali Oct 2012 #6
lady lib Oct 2012 #4
Kali Oct 2012 #7
lady lib Oct 2012 #8
Kali Oct 2012 #9
lady lib Oct 2012 #10
Kali Oct 2012 #11

Response to Kali (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:44 PM

1. This is great news. I'm actually seeing Carmona yard signs

in my normally deep red retirement community in far west valley, as well as large street signs for Carmona, Penzone and the Democratic ticket in general. Pretty much a first in my 20 years out here.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 01:46 PM

2. Wish i could go to this. If it was in tucson, i'd be there in a heartbeat.

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Response to desertduck (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 02:59 PM

3. it's in Tempe

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Response to Kali (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:17 AM

5. i know....i can still go. but that means i would have to spend the night up there and I don't want

to do that. ( are you going? if so, please post pictures.

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Response to desertduck (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 05:27 PM

6. I just realized that I misread your earlier reply - so sorry

I thought you said "If I were in Tucson..." rather than "it"

I can't go but my sister lives up there and said she was going to try - I will remind her to take a camera if she goes!

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:07 AM

4. I signed up for it, but didn't receive the

information on where to pick up my ticket. Will we be emailed the info?

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Response to lady lib (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 05:28 PM

7. I have no idea, you should probably try again or try to contact them.

good luck! and if you make it be sure to report back (with pics if you can, heh heh)

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Response to Kali (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 08:42 PM

8. Got my ticket!

It will probably be too dark for me to take good pictures, but the media will be there. Yeah. Anyway...I'm so excited to see President Clinton!

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Response to lady lib (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:07 PM

9. report?

how was it?

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Response to Kali (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 11:30 PM

10. Great experience, great crowd!

I couldn't get a good sense for how large the crowd was because I was fairly close to the stage and couldn't see over people toward the back. Yeah, I'm short. I've seen reports of anywhere from 5,500 to 9,000 attendees. The line to get in was HUGE. It looked like all the local media outlets were there and the media platform was packed with cameras and reporters. Everybody was upbeat, maybe a little subdued from all the waiting - first in line and then out on the lawn. Jimmy Eat World played several songs to start - they rocked it! I'd never seen them in concert before, but they did really well. Ex-Phoenix Suns player and current Mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, was up next and gave a short speech introducing Dr. Carmona. The crowd was happy to see him and he looked very happy to be back in AZ. Next up, Dr. Carmona came out, talked some more about his background and his hopes for election. Sorry, I don't remember much of his speech other than his personal story which is AMAZING. He's had such a life already! Really incredible. Finally, Dr. Carmona said he was honored to introduce " a rock star" and then the one and only Big Dog strolled out onto the stage. Btw, Pres. Clinton looks exactly like he does on TV - charismatic with that brilliant look in his eyes. He did the classic Clinton thing where he gave a multi-point speech, sans notes, targeting the demographics of the audience (college students and older folks) detailing why President Obama should be re-elected. The crowd LOVED him..of course . As we were leaving, I got a good look at the reporters and my sense was that they enjoying their assignment. Out on the street there was some sour-looking older women holding a poster: Obama is a danger to the constitution. There. Consider yourselves warned. I heard some guy ask her, "Don't you have anything better to do?" She was not amused, but I was! If there were other wingnuts, I didn't see them.
Anyhow, it was a very good experience and I'm so glad I went. Here's a link to read more about it:
http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2012/10/president_bill_clinton_carmona_tempe_rally.php

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Response to lady lib (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:36 AM

11. great report!

thanks so much! wish I could have made it. here in redland it is a thrill to see another Obama bumper sticker, much less attend a real Democratic event!

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