VP hopeful’s wife to visit OUS Monday

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 29, 2004

Even as a vice presidential candidate’s wife, Elizabeth Edwards is finding time to go back to school — for one day at least.

Last month, her husband John, a Senator from North Carolina, zipped by Ohio University Southern as he and Democratic running mate John Kerry campaigned across battleground Ohio. Edwards' tour bus only gave the gathered crowd a honk, leaving many disappointed.

This time around, the audience is sure to be pleased as Elizabeth Edwards plans to stop at the campus Monday for a town-hall style meeting in the Riffe Rotunda. The public will have the opportunity to ask Mrs. Edwards questions.

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OUS Dean Dr. Dan Evans was excited about what the visit will mean as far as the educational potential for the campus' students.

"Obviously, the thing most appealing to me as a dean of a regional campus is that our students will have the opportunity to be touched personally by a presidential campaign," Evans said. "Regardless of which side a candidate is on, it is very beneficial for our students to witness first hand the political process."

"From that standpoint, it will be a wonderful educational opportunity," Evans said.

The daughter of a decorated Navy pilot, the 55-year-old Edwards is a lawyer like her husband. The couple have four children, Cate, a recent graduate of Princeton University; Emma Claire, 6; and Jack, 4. Their first child, Wade, died in 1996.

The doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the event will start about an hour later. Tickets are free but limited to only 175. Tickets are available at by contacting the Lawrence County Democratic Headquarters, 318 S. Fourth St., Ironton, at 740-532-8683 or the Scioto County Democratic Headquarters, 717 Chillicothe St., Portsmouth, at 740-353-8277.