UVA Students Gear Up for President Obama's Speech in Charlottesville

By: Anna Lempereur Email
By: Anna Lempereur Email

Many people are gearing up to watch President Obama speak in Charlottesville on Aug. 29.

The president is on the campaign trail visiting a number of college towns around the country, and he is battling Mitt Romney in swing states like Virginia.

For the past few days, campaign officials have been giving out free tickets to see Obama speak at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion.

Students at the University of Virginia said they are especially looking forward to hear what he has to say.

Tiffany Tsai, who is in her fourth year at UVA, said she has been waiting to hear Obama speak for a really long time.

She said she wants to try her hardest to get out-of-state UVA students to register in Virginia.

A recent Romney news release refers to college students as the "Obama Economy's Lost Generation," stating that under President Obama, the costs of college have skyrocketed and made it more difficult for students to attend college.

But Tsai is still holding out hope.

"Specifically, I really hope he talks about things that would affect students like student loans and Pell Grants. I think that will be a big issue to talk about, and a lot of students will really respond pretty well to that," said Tsai.

The Jefferson Area Tea Party has a counter-rally planned as the president makes his appearance.

"In a city that typically votes for a Democrat 80 percent of the time and at the same venue where he drew over 5,000 people nearly four years ago, they have been unable to give away all the tickets at multiple locations over three solid days," said Jefferson Area Tea Party Chairperson Carole Thorpe.

The number of tickets that has been given out has not been released.

Watch WHSV for live coverage of the event at 5 and 6 p.m.

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