North Carolina residents will have a close-up view of President Obama's speech to Congress about how to overhaul the nation's health care system.
Hundreds of people were expected Wednesday night to watch the speech at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. It's part of an event sponsored by conservative watchdog group Americans for Prosperity, which is skeptical of more government involvement.
Pro-Obama forces nationwide and in North Carolina are holding "watch parties" at homes and restaurants to view the speech.
North Carolina Hospital Association executive director Bill Pully will watch the address from the gallery of the House, where the joint session is being held. Pully was invited by Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge.
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