Clinton, Obama, other candidates troop through town this week

Posted: July 02, 2007

Today, four Democratic presidential candidates are in town today for speeches, with more candidates - including Illinois Sen. Barack Obama - following their footsteps later this week.

This morning, Hillary Clinton stopped by City Hall to pick up Mayor Street's endorsement. Later, the New York senator was headed for an afternoon address at the National Education Association assembly, followed by a forum at a North Philadelphia church.

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards was to also address both groups, the first at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the second at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 1601 N. 12th St.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd was also slated for the educational assembly today.

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich would speak to the community forum this afternoon and the NEA tomorrow afternoon, followed by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

On Thursday, Obama will speak to the education delegates in the morning, with Delaware Sen. Joe Biden following a Republican, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, in the afternoon.

Local leaders Michael Nutter, the Democratic candidate for mayor, and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah were also scheduled speakers at the North Philadelphia forum. A live Webcast was planned for, the Web site of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the national group hosting the event.

"ACORN members will be asking questions about issues that affect low- and moderate-income people," ACORN spokesman Charles Jackson said this morning.

Among expected topics were living wages, the foreclosure crisis, schools and health care, he said.

Other candidates were invited, but were unable to attend, said Maxine Nelson, secretary of ACORN's national board. "We do ask them all," she said.

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