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UPDATED: 1 p.m. Feb. 19 | Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will be at Evans Auditorium on Thursday to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat locked in a tight race for the his party’s presidential nomination with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. The auditorium is located at 601 University Drive on the Texas State University campus. Later on Thursday, Kennedy will speak at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium in San Antonio starting at 12:15 p.m.

» WHAT: Barack Obama for President Rally

» WHO: U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy

» WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon
—–Thursday, Feb. 21

» WHERE: Evans Auditorium
—– 601 University Drive
—– San Marcos, Texas

» SEE: Large Map
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From staff reports

en. Edward M. Kennedy will visit San Marcos on his swing through Texas this week to rally young voters for presidential candidate Barack Obama, a paid coordinator for the campaign told volunteers at an organizational meeting this evening.

The announcement was made during a training session attended by about 80 local campaign workers at the Dunbar Center, several people who attended said.

A spokesperson for the Illinois senator’s campaign confirmed this evening that Kennedy is scheduled to be in Texas on Wednesday and Thursday but said no San Marcos stop has been announced. On Wednesday, Kennedy is slated to speak at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, at the University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg and at a rally in Laredo, spokesperson Nick Shapiro said.

“So [Sen. Kennedy] will be in Texas,” Shapiro said, but his Thursday schedule is to-be-announced. “Just because someone said it in an organizational meeting does not mean that it has been confirmed by the campaign. There are alot of rumors going around right now.”

Texas State and the rest of purple Hays County is a battleground in Obama’s and Sen. Hillary Clinton’s fight for the Democratic nomination. With a fifth of San Marcos’ 2000 population between the ages of 18 and 21, according to the census, San Marcos presumably is favorable territory for Obama, who has appealed markedly to younger voters and independents.

Early voting starts tomorrow in the March 4 primaries for both political parties.

— BRAD ROLLINS

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19 thoughts on “Update: Kennedy to rally San Marcos for Obama during campaign stop here Thursday

  1. I guess this means Obama’s written off Texas in the general election if he’s sending Kennedy as a surrogate.

  2. Written off Texas? They’re debating in Austin on Thursday. We’re going to be seeing a bunch of all of them until Mar. 4. I think Ted Kennedy means San Marcos rates pretty high.

  3. I would rather see Obama’s limo drive through the square for 2 seconds than see Teddy speak.

  4. Off the topic but… those wishing to be amused should check out Peter Stern’s blog about Newstreamz in today’s Statesman.

  5. Yes. Poor Peter. No one can touch him on his own special private blog over at the Statesman. He gets to “approve” all of the comments before they get posted. So if he doesn’t like what someone says, it just gets deleted. But I bet the Bartons are getting a kick over learning they own Newstreamz…

    As my Mother used to say, some people can dish it out, but they just can’t take it….

    Or, in the words of Nietsche:
    The man who fights too long against dragons, becomes a dragon himself.

  6. It is hard to argue against the point that a couple of people have been ripped to shreds since appearing here. As an outsider, who has no idea who they are or their histories, I can say it was pretty unpleasant to watch; unpleasant enough for me to contact Brad and express concern about how dissenting opinions are going to be treated here.

    This bizarre segue does nothing to ease those concerns.

  7. I’m not certain to whom you are referring as being ripped to shreds. But I know I have taken my licks. I even got threatened with being sued by an individual for simply having a different opinion. But to give you a little background on the situation, there are some of us that are just more than a little tired of having our County Commissioner, Jeff Barton, criticized for ridiculous things by people who don’t even live in his district. He is immensely popular here. And some of us have decided it is time to stand up for the man. He’s a good Democrat and we are going to defend him. The people attacking him are just upset that their good friend Susie Carter lost the election in ’06. It’s time to get over it and move on. Barton is a good man with innovative, progressive ideas and he makes good decisions. As long as you don’t distort the facts. But I believe they might have been under the mistaken impression that she was some kind of wonderful environmentalist and could save the county from all the evil developers. When, in fact, what will save us is managed growth. Because no one is ever going to beat the developers at their own game. Reality sometimes stinks.

  8. I wondered why my comment to Peter’s blog never showed up. I’ve posted on only a few message boards of this type but I learned pretty quickly that getting “ripped to shreds” goes with the territory. If you don’t like getting flamed (I think that’s the correct term) you learn to remain reasonable and respectful. It might even be healthy for people living in a vacuum and who hear very little feedback on their opinions.

  9. I do believe this election year is going to really heat up. I especially hope it will bring people like me (who have not paid much attention to “politics” in the past) into constructive dialog (where people can express themselves, hear what others have to say, and there is mutual respect for different opinions).

  10. I don’t think anyone will protest. Although a lot of people don’t like Kennedy, he’s not the same controversial evil incarnate…

  11. The Stern blog against Newstreamz at the Statesman is hilarious. It’s hard to imagine what kind of response he was imagining when he started flaming Barton and others posting on the board.

    “Don’t say everything you want to say lest you hear something you would not like to hear.” Irish Proverb

    “Of all the strategems, to know when to quit is the best.” Chinese Proverb

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