"Obama calls for change while at NCCU" (with videos)
DURHAM -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama called for change Thursday afternoon at North Carolina Central University while speaking to a group of supporters that totaled nearly 4,000.
The Illinois Democrat spoke at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium. The event was originally set to take place in the smaller 2,100-seat gymnasium, but organizers moved it to the stadium after the event quickly sold out.
Tickets to the event cost $25 for the general public, and students paid $15. Obama spoke for about 45 minutes before heading to another fundraiser in Raleigh.
He touched on a number of topics, most notably the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq, a need for a better health care system, education in America and the nation's need to find renewable energy.
"I'm excited to see him because it's great when you have a presidential candidate come to the school you attend," said NCCU student Bobby Finch.
Campus police worked with Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies for about three weeks to make sure the visit went smoothly.
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