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Rick Greene#8217;s blog

A few notes from Thursday’s visit by Sen. Hillary Clinton, who came to Ohio University Southern’s Child Development Center in Hanging Rock to promote her plan to reduce child poverty.

– D.R. Gossett, Executive Director of the Lawrence County Community Action Organization, got a big thrill Thursday when he talked about Clinton and introduced Gov. Ted Strickland.

He said he appreciated Clinton coming to Lawrence County. He brought some rowdy applause during his time on the stage when he said he was grateful Clinton was showing her willingness to “help the regular people of America.”

– Gov. Ted Strickland continued his support for Clinton on Thursday. He brought home the fact Clinton was in his stomping ground.

He said he was “incredibly proud” to be with Clinton in Lawrence County.

“It’s where my roots are, it’s where my heart is,” Strickland said.

– Following her “Solutions for America” address, Clinton filmed a segment for ABC’s Nightline. And, according to State Rep. Todd Book, she also taped a portion with CBS for a Top 10 list for “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

– About 300 people attended the event with many more waiting outside. Following the activities inside, Clinton spent a few minutes outside signing autographs for those who did not make it inside.

– It is, of course, unprofessional for any media member to make their political loyalties known in a public fashion. But one cameraman was unashamed, with a sticker on the side of his camera. His pick was, well, animated. It said simply: “Simpson-Flanders ’08.”

– As Sen. Clinton visited a classroom of children, she was followed by a hoard of photographers and television cameramen. As Sen. Clinton talked with one young man, he asked the former first lady: “Why are they shooting us?”

– Following Clinton’s visit to Hanging Rock, she headed to Huntington to catch a plane for Houston.