Residents attend Clinton event

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw (standing) greets several people, including Clay County resident Evelyn Brown (back, sitting) at the Saratoga Restaurant in Terre Haute prior to listening to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speak. Jason Moon Photo.

TERRE HAUTE -- Several Clay County residents had an excuse to be off work Thursday.

They were in Terre Haute to see Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speak.

The presidential candidate spoke to residents at the Saratoga Restaurant, 431 Wabash Ave., with Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

Brazil resident Carol Walker was one of many Clay County citizens on hand for the event.

"This would be the highlight of my life," Walker, 59, said.

Like Walker, several from Clay County got up early to head west to Terre Haute in anticipation of Clinton's arrival.

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said she left home at 6 a.m. with six others.

"We're hoping we'll have pictures," Bradshaw said as she waited in line to get inside the restaurant.

Clinton supporters had to brave the cold weather, however, as officials did not let anyone enter the restaurant until 9 a.m.

"We'll let you in those doors as soon as we get the word," restaurant owner George Azar told the eager crowd.

Clay County resident Evelyn Brown was also in attendance Thursday, saying she arrived at the restaurant at 6 a.m.

"I'm real excited about it," Brown said. "It's an opportunity people around here don't often get.

"I've been a Clinton fan for years. She'll make us proud."

Brazil resident Liz Malone was also at the Saratoga Thursday and had a hard time containing her excitement.

"I was definitely going to be here," Malone said. "I welcome it. It's my chance of meeting the future president."

Eric Vanatti also visited the restaurant with the hope of meeting the former First Lady.

"I'm actually an (Barack) Obama fan," Vanatti admitted. "I almost wore my Obama shirt, but I look forward to meeting her."

Walker, an avid Clinton supporter, said she believed people had a chance to meet the next president Thursday.

"I love her," Walker said. "I think she's a good woman and I think she'll do good."

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