WECT's Frances Weller interviewed future President Barack Obama when he campaigned in Wilmington in 2008.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - As we celebrate WECT's 60th anniversary, we're looking back at a political windfall in our area.
In late April of 2008, some big-name presidential hopefuls visited Wilmington. Within five days, Hillary Clinton, her husband Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all made stops in our area as they campaigned before the presidential primary.
First in was Hillary Clinton. She spoke to a crowd of thousands along the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington.
She touched on several issues including the economy and the environment.
She also gave us the scoop about what the campaign trail was like, saying she grabbed a nap anytime she got into a moving vehicle.
The next day, Barack Obama came to Wilmington. The line stretched outside Trask Coliseum at UNCW with people waiting to catch a glimpse of the presidential hopeful.
The talking points in his speech were unemployment, healthcare and the economy.
He also pledged to end the war in Iraq.
Then just two days later, former President Bill Clinton returned to Whiteville. He visited in 2000 when he was campaigning for President, but this time the trip was on behalf of his wife.
In fact, it was his seventh campaign stop that day.
Jon Evans and Frances Weller were both anchors at the station during these visits and remember how busy the week was. Frances even conducted a one-on-one interview with the future President. Click the video above to hear their perspective on the events.
You can also see more video and pictures from the WECT archives by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/PbVKM3
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