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McCain to speak at Wake Forest May 6 in Wait Chapel

May 5, 2008

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

Wait Chapel doors will open at 8 a.m. for the event, which is expected to start at 10 a.m., according to details provided by McCain staff to Wake Forest.

The event will be free and open to the public.

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.

Members of the public coming to the event are encouraged by the university to park on the upper area of Davis Field.  All entrances to the campus will be open.

Some parking lots on campus will be closed all morning on May 6, particularly those adjacent to the chapel.  A portion of Wake Forest Road, which wraps around Wait Chapel, will be closed all morning. 

A high level of security will be present at Wake Forest in and around Wait Chapel on May 6.  Metal detectors will be set up at the entrance to Wait Chapel.   The level of security will be similar to that experienced at airports.  Anything carried by those attending the event is subject to being searched, which will slow access to the building.  Organizers urge people not to bring backpacks or large bags with them.

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.

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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