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McCain to speak at Wake Forest May 6 in Wait Chapel

April 29, 2008

Sen. John McCain will speak at Wake Forest University May 6 in Wait Chapel.

Officials with McCain’s campaign have provided initial details about the event to the university.  Wait Chapel doors will open at 8 a.m. for the event, which is expected to start about 10 a.m.

The event will be free and open to the public, according to campaign officials.

Campaign officials also said that guests at the event will include Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, and former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson.

More details may be announced by the McCain campaign later this week.

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch extended an invitation in 2007 to all Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.  On April 18, Sen. Hillary Clinton spoke in Wait Chapel as a result of that invitation.  She was joined in that event by Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest.

For more information about the event, officials with McCain's campaign asked the public to call (703) 418-2008.

Statement from Wake Forest University:  As an educational institution, Wake Forest is committed to promoting the free exchange of ideas, which includes providing a forum for speakers who express a wide variety of political views.  The university’s tax-exempt status, however, requires that it not engage in any political campaign activity, which means the university is prohibited from endorsing or opposing any candidate for public office.  Wake Forest takes its obligation in this regard very seriously.  This event does not represent an endorsement by Wake Forest of any candidate for public office.

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

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