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.
» WHO: U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy
» WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon
—–Thursday, Feb. 21
» WHERE: Evans Auditorium
—– 601 University Drive
—– San Marcos, Texas
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