Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke at ECU's Minges Coliseum Tuesday evening. Thousands of people gathered to hear her speak.
Palin's was scheduled to take the podium at 7 p.m., but her plane did not land in Greenville until about that time. She started speaking closer to 7:30 p.m.
The Republican vice-presidential candidate talked about ECU’s recent football success and how she and John McCain hoped to succeed in the White House.
"John McCain and I know that the people of Greenville and that the people of the country are ready to shake up Washington," Palin said.
Palin said no matter your party, she and McCain are asking for your vote, to put them in Washington D.C. and put government back on your side.
She briefly mentioned her debate with Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Palin talked about reform of government, the $10 trillion national debt, senior citizens, taxes and the war, saying McCain, unlike his opponent, isn’t afraid to use the word “victory.”
She talked about McCain’s 22 years in uniform. She asked all the military in the audience to raise their hands.
Her recurring them was putting government back on the side of the people. When she talked about Obama, the crowd roared and chanted "Nobama, Nobama."
Palin also talked about drilling for oil now, in America.
After the rally at ECU, Palin stopped to watch the debate at a pizza restaurant in Greenville.
Boli's hosted the Alaskan Governor for a post-rally slice of pizza and a pint of beer. More than 30 locals watched the presidential debate on television with Palin. The VP candidate stayed at Boli's for the entire debate before leaving Greenville.
On Monday McCain and Palin supporters waited in line for hours to get their hands on a pair of tickets to see Sarah Palin Tuesday night.
The Pitt county Republican Campaign headquarters handed out 200 tickets in Greenville. People were allowed to take two tickets to attend Tuesday night's GOP rally held inside Williams Arena at Minges coliseum on the campus of East Carolina University.
The rally starts at 4 pm; Sarah Palin is scheduled to speak around 7pm.
Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, will also be in eastern Carolina Tuesday.
Michelle Obama will host a community event with military families at the Jacksonville Commons recreation center at 1:30.
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People were told to sign up for the tickets and then they could pick them up Saturday morning.
Many Pitt County Palin fans who didn't sign up earlier were turned away and told to come back for some. Those who *did* get their name down on the list and got their tickets were excited about the rally.
Four weeks before the presidential election and Sarah Palin will hold a campaign rally at ECU. Click the story to learn where tickets can be obtained.
The McCain-Palin ticket will make its first visit to Eastern Carolina with a campaign stop in Greenville.
On Tuesday Governor Sarah Palin will conduct a Road to Victory rally at Minges Coliseum.
Doors to the rally are set to open at 4:00 p.m.
The coliseum holds 8,000 and party officials expect tickets to go fast. They can be obtained free of charge at any of the 14 McCain-Palin Victory Offices in North Carolina.
Here are the addresses of the two locations in Eastern Carolina:
Greenville Victory Office
103B Commerce Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Jacksonville Victory Office
487 Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28540