Hearing Clinton Speak Is, by Itself, Worth Going Out of One’s Way For

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    There are good political reasons to attend the Clinton-McAuliffe campaign events. But even if there weren’t….

    Toward the close of last year’s campaign, at a rally in Roanoke, I heard Bill Clinton speak. I was extremely impressed. Really impressed. Even more than I’d been by his speech to the Democratic convention– a speech that (with the possible exception of Michele Obama’s) was the high-point of the convention.

    Bill Clinton is not only likely the most gifted politician of our times, but he is also a great teacher. He spoke for about an hour on that occasion in Roanoke, and he was engaging and clear and persuasive, and he laid out with unusual clarity a whole host of issues– all done in a way that strengthened the candidate in whose support he had come, Barack Obama.

    In the coming days, Clinton will be speaking around Virginia in support of his friend, Terry McAuliffe. Since the candidate himself will be there, unlike in Roanoke, and Clinton will be the endorser and not the surrogate, there will be doubtless less of Clinton than at the event last year. But Bill Clinton will not be short-changed, and I think Terry McAuliffe is too smart to worry about being upstaged when he’s got someone like Clinton to rally the troops for him. So those who attend these rallies will almost certainly get to witness a worthwhile and memorable Clinton performance.

    Besides which, as I learned at the Virginia Democratic state convention in June, 2012, Terry McAuliffe is himself capable of giving a very powerful, very effective political speech. Indeed, in terms of the stem-winder variety of political oratory, McAuliffe may be the stronger of the two. His speech at the state convention last year was one of the most rousing political speeches I’ve ever heard, in person or otherwise.

    So I encourage y’awl to consider attendance at the following events as worth your while. It’s worth doing for the usual political reasons– to support the Democratic ticket in this campaign home-stretch. But even if there were no election, just hearing Bill Clinton speak, in person, in the context of the political battles of our times, would be reason enough.

    Here’s what an email I got says is the schedule (I think this list is incomplete, and I hope that those with additional information will provide it, below, in the comments):

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    DALE CITY EVENT

    WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

    WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

    WHEN: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM EDT

    Public Access time: To be announced

    Press Access time: To Be Announced

    WHERE: VFW Post 1503 – 14631 Minnieville Road, Dale City, VA 22193

    CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 23 at the following location:

    Democratic Party of Virginia Office

    4349 Ridgewood Center Drive, Suite 102

    Woodbridge, VA 22193

    RICHMOND EVENT

    WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

    WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

    WHEN: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM EDT

    Public Access time: To be announced

    Press Access time: To Be Announced

    WHERE: Richmond Community High School – 201 E Brookland Park Blvd., Richmond, VA 23222

    CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 23 at the following location:

    Democratic Party of Virginia Office

    1710 East Franklin Street

    Richmond, VA 23223

    HAMPTON EVENT

    WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

    WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

    WHEN: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM EDT

    Public Access time: To be announced

    Press Access time: To Be Announced

    WHERE: Y.H. Thomas Community Center – 1300 Thomas St., Hampton, VA 23669

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      In Roanoke, I would encourage people to get tickets early. The venue is the third floor of the Market Building downtown, limited space. Tickets available at McAuliffe HQ, 815 Franklin Rd. (very near the Elm Ave.- Franklin Rd. intersection).  

    • Jamie

      Here’s the full schedule:

      Sunday, October 27, 2013

      DALE CITY EVENT

      WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

      WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

      WHEN: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM EDT

      Public Access time: To be announced

      Press Access time: To Be Announced

      WHERE: VFW Post 1503 – 14631 Minnieville Road, Dale City, VA 22193

      PRESS ACCESS: This event will only be open to pre-credentialed still photographers and TV, print, and radio correspondents. Members of the media interested in covering must RSVP HERE before Friday, October 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT.

      Due to space constrictions and high demand for media credentials, not all requests are guaranteed to be accommodated. Those receiving credentials will receive a confirmation with additional logistical information via email. Requests received after 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, October 25th will not be able to be accommodated.

      CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 23 at the following location:

      Democratic Party of Virginia Office

      4349 Ridgewood Center Drive, Suite 102

      Woodbridge, VA 22193

      RICHMOND EVENT

      WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

      WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

      WHEN: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM EDT

      Public Access time: To be announced

      Press Access time: To Be Announced

      WHERE: Richmond Community High School – 201 E Brookland Park Blvd., Richmond, VA 23222

      PRESS ACCESS: This event will only be open to pre-credentialed still photographers and TV, print, and radio correspondents. Members of the media interested in covering must RSVP HERE before Friday, October 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT.

      Due to space constrictions and high demand for media credentials, not all requests are guaranteed to be accommodated. Those receiving credentials will receive a confirmation with additional logistical information via email. Requests received after 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, October 25th will not be able to be accommodated.

      CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 23 at the following location:

      Democratic Party of Virginia Office

      1710 East Franklin Street

      Richmond, VA 23223

      HAMPTON EVENT

      WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

      WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

      WHEN: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM EDT

      Public Access time: To be announced

      Press Access time: To Be Announced

      WHERE: Y.H. Thomas Community Center – 1300 Thomas St., Hampton, VA 23669

      PRESS ACCESS: This event will only be open to pre-credentialed still photographers and TV, print, and radio correspondents. Members of the media interested in covering must RSVP HERE before Friday, October 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT.

      Due to space constrictions and high demand for media credentials, not all requests are guaranteed to be accommodated. Those receiving credentials will receive a confirmation with additional logistical information via email. Requests received after 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, October 25th will not be able to be accommodated.

      CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 23 at the following location:

      Democratic Party of Virginia Office

      1026 Settler’s Landing Road

      Hampton, VA 23669

      Monday, October 28, 2013

      NORFOLK EVENT

      WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

      WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

      WHEN: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM EDT

      Public Access time: To be announced

      Press Access time: To Be Announced

      WHERE: Nauticus/ Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center – One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

      PRESS ACCESS: This event will only be open to pre-credentialed still photographers and TV, print, and radio correspondents. Members of the media interested in covering must RSVP HERE before Friday, October 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT.

      Due to space constrictions and high demand for media credentials, not all requests are guaranteed to be accommodated. Those receiving credentials will receive a confirmation with additional logistical information via email. Requests received after 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, October 25th will not be able to be accommodated.

      CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 23 at the following location:

      Democratic Party of Virginia Office

      320 West 21st Street

      Norfolk, VA 23517

      BLACKSBURG EVENT

      WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

      WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

      WHEN: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT

      Public Access time: To be announced

      Press Access time: To Be Announced

      WHERE: Virginia Tech University, Owens Hall – 150 Kent St., Blacksburg, VA

      PRESS ACCESS: This event will only be open to pre-credentialed still photographers and TV, print, and radio correspondents. Members of the media interested in covering must RSVP HERE before Friday, October 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT.

      Due to space constrictions and high demand for media credentials, not all requests are guaranteed to be accommodated. Those receiving credentials will receive a confirmation with additional logistical information via email. Requests received after 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, October 25th will not be able to be accommodated.

      CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 23 at the following location:

      Democratic Party of Virginia Office

      1100 A South Main Street

      Blacksburg, VA 24060

      HERNDON EVENT

      WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

      WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

      WHEN: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM EDT

      Public Access time: 5:30 PM EDT

      Press Access time: To be announced

      WHERE: Herndon Middle School – 901 Locust Street, Herndon, VA

      PRESS ACCESS: This event will only be open to pre-credentialed still photographers and TV, print, and radio correspondents. Members of the media interested in covering must RSVP HERE before Friday, October 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT.

      Due to space constrictions and high demand for media credentials, not all requests are guaranteed to be accommodated. Those receiving credentials will receive a confirmation with additional logistical information via email. Requests received after 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, October 25th will not be able to be accommodated.

      CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets are now available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at the following location:

      Democratic Party of Virginia Office

      384 Elden Street

      Herndon, VA 20170

      Tuesday, October 29, 2013

      HARRISONBURG EVENT

      WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

      WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

      WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM EDT

      Public Access time: 9:30 AM EDT

      Press Access time: To be announced

      WHERE: James Madison University, Festival Conference & Student Center – 1301 Carrier Drive, MSC-4201, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

      PRESS ACCESS: This event will only be open to pre-credentialed still photographers and TV, print, and radio correspondents. Members of the media interested in covering must RSVP HERE before Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT.

      Due to space constrictions and high demand for media credentials, not all requests are guaranteed to be accommodated. Those receiving credentials will receive a confirmation with additional logistical information via email. Requests received after 5:00 PM EDT on Sunday, October 27th will not be able to be accommodated.

      CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets are now available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at the following location:

      Democratic Party of Virginia Office

      1400 S. Main Street

      Harrisonburg, VA 22801

      Wednesday, October 30, 2013

      CHARLOTTESVILLE EVENT

      WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

      WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

      WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM EDT

      Public Access time: 9:30 AM EDT

      Press Access time: To be announced

      WHERE: The Paramount Theater – 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA

      PRESS ACCESS: This event will only be open to pre-credentialed still photographers and TV, print, and radio correspondents. Members of the media interested in covering must RSVP HERE before Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT.

      Due to space constrictions and high demand for media credentials, not all requests are guaranteed to be accommodated. Those receiving credentials will receive a confirmation with additional logistical information via email. Requests received after 5:00 PM EDT on Sunday, October 27th will not be able to be accommodated.

      CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets are now available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at the following location:

      Democratic Party of Virginia Office

      913 West Main Street

      Charlottesville, VA 22903

      ROANOKE EVENT

      WHAT: “Putting Jobs First” Event with President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

      WHO: President Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe

      WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM EDT

      Public Access time: 1:00 PM EDT

      Press Access time: To be announced

      WHERE: City Market Building, Charter Hall – 32 Market Square Southeast, Roanoke, VA 24011

      PRESS ACCESS: This event will only be open to pre-credentialed still photographers and TV, print, and radio correspondents. Members of the media interested in covering must RSVP HERE before Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT.

      Due to space constrictions and high demand for media credentials, not all requests are guaranteed to be accommodated. Those receiving credentials will receive a confirmation with additional logistical information via email. Requests received after 5:00 PM EDT on Sunday, October 27th will not be able to be accommodated.

      CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION: Tickets are now available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at the following location:

      Democratic Party of Virginia Office

      813 Franklin Road

      Roanoke, VA 24016