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Biden to speak at campaign rally at Wake Forest University

October 22, 2008

Sen. Joe Biden, Democratic vice-presidential candidate, will speak at a campaign rally at Wake Forest University Oct. 23 on Hearn Plaza.

The event will begin at 2:15 p.m.  Access will begin at 12:15 p.m. to an enclosed area on Hearn Plaza set aside for the event organized by the Obama/Biden campaign.  Representatives of the campaign approached Wake Forest officials this week to request permission to use the campus for the rally.

Tickets are not required for Thursday’s rally, which is open to the public. However, the Obama/Biden campaign has stated that an RSVP is encouraged.  Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  People may RSVP at

Members of the public coming to the event may park at Wake Forest’s BB&T Field on Deacon Boulevard.  Buses arranged by the campaign will provide transportation to and from the event for the public.  The buses will run from 11:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Some parking lots near Hearn Plaza will be closed on Oct. 23.  University officials ask the public not to attempt to park on campus, due to limited parking availability.

A high level of security will be present at Wake Forest on and near Hearn Plaza on Oct. 23.  Metal detectors will be set up on Hearn Plaza at an area enclosed for the rally, near Reynolda Hall.  For security reasons, those planning to enter the event area are asked not to bring bags, chairs or umbrellas.  No signs or banners are permitted by the campaign.  People are encouraged to limit the personal items they carry onto the event area.  Anything carried into the event area is subject to being searched by security officials.

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch extended an invitation last year to all Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.  Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain spoke at Wake Forest last spring.

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 political 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.

Note to Editors:  The news media may park their passenger vehicles in Lot B on the west side of Hearn Plaza.  Satellite and live trucks may park in Lot N on the east side of Hearn Plaza.  News media should carry their credentials.

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

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