BREAKING NEWS: Hillary Clinton to speak at SMPA May 24

Posted Wednesday, May 23, 6:21 p.m.

Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) will speak about health care policy at Jack Morton Auditorium Thursday morning.

The speech, which begins at 9 a.m., is slated to run less than an hour and will be open to the GW community, said Tracy Schario, director of Media Relations. Clinton is a senator from New York and also the wife of former president Bill Clinton.

Hillary for President, the non-profit organization sponsoring the event, contacted the University Monday to inquire about possible venues, Schario said. It was not until Tuesday afternoon that they confirmed GW as the host.

“The Clinton campaign specifically wanted a very health care oriented audience,” Schario said. “We are doing what we can do to make sure we have a full house and make sure (Clinton’s) wishes are accommodated.”

The University controls about 150 seats for the event, out of the about 240 seats in the auditorium. As of Wednesday afternoon, Schario said almost all of the tickets had already been given to members of the GW Medical School.

Schario said she was unsure whether there would be a question and answer portion of the event.

Students who wish to attend should e-mail use@gwu.edu. If all seats are filled, there will be an overflow room in the basement of the School of Media and Public Affairs.

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