October 25, 2000

For Hillary, First Stop: Cornell

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Just ten days until Election Day, Hillary Clinton will be launching a bus tour from the University’s Ag Quad on Saturday, members of the Cornell Democrats said yesterday.

Her intentions are not to stop until she reaches the Senate.

A source from the Cornell Democrats revealed that a large rally in front of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) will precede the Cornell football game this weekend.

The event is expected to take place beginning at 10:30 a.m.

“The Cornell Democrats are very excited that Hillary Clinton will be visiting campus this Saturday,” said Josh Roth ’03, publicity director for the student organization.

“We are certain that this bus tour will solidify her lead and assure her victory,” he said.

This visit will mark Clinton’s fifth journey to Cornell.

While traveling across the state during the latter part of 1999 to consider her Senate run, Clinton stopped at Cornell to partake in a forum — also hosted by CALS — in order to discuss local issues.

It was her third visit to the University.

Then in March, the First Lady addressed the President’s Council of Cornell Women in front of an audience of 5,000 inside Barton Hall.

Students and community members are expected to turn out en masse for Clinton and any other candidates who may appear along with her.

Several students, on the other hand, are hoping that Clinton’s appearance will spur on the electorate to support her opponent, U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio (R-N.Y.).

“As we get closer and closer to the election, people are going to get disgusted that they have to vote for another Clinton,” said Lee Rudofsky ’01.

Lazio supporters recognize their candidate’s absence at this point in the campaign just the same.

“I don’t think that Congressman Lazio should come to a campus that is openly hostile to him,” Rudofsky added.

The rally on Saturday will be free and open to the public. In addition, the Cornell Democrats and the Clinton campaign will provide entertainment for the celebration, though they have not yet confirmed what sort of performance will accompany the First Lady.

Roth said, “We assure the Cornell community that the atmosphere will be festive, to say the least.”

Archived article by Matthew Hirsch