Thursday, January 24, 2008
Cruising Carolina: En route to HRC's economic speech
Candy Crowley
360 Correspondent

For starters this is a big state. Wish you could get points for car mileage. Dashboard panel reads "low tire pressure." Is this a problem?

Hurdle one cleared, we found the site with minimal U-turns. We're told HRC and entourage has landed.

The crowd sits.

___________________

Major microphone problems here in the pre-show, which is not long enough to fill the gap between when the audience arrives and HRC walks in.

Stunningly, several speakers praising HRC. Now a guy who says he's proud of Bill for sticking up for HRC. Here we go: He intros former governor and former (Clinton) U.S. Education Sec. Dick Riley who will introduce HRC.

Big problem: Riley not here.

The crowd sits.

___________________

OK, the Riley introducer is back, was told to re-intro Riley. The plot thickens. Riley still a no show.

The crowd sits.

___________________

A woman has shown up -- says she's not prepared but she'll sing Amazing Grace. Fortunately, she has a great voice.
She's gone now.

The crowd sits.

___________________

They're totally out of people apparently. The canned music is on.

The crowd sits.

___________________

They found another speaker. She's introducing... DICK RILEY.

Good News, Blogees, third time's a charm. Dick Riley is here and guess who's with him? He found HRC. She says she's sorry she's late. She says next week President Bush will give his last state of the union next week.

The crowd claps.

___________________

HRC says it's enough to make you burst into song, but she doesn't.
The crowd claps. We are back on track. Gotta listen now.
Posted By CNNBLOG: 12:56 PM ET
  5 Comments
Hey Candy! Sounds like you're back on the 'beat' Can you tell is what Hillary's campaign song is? THANKS-
Lisa F
Posted By Anonymous Lisa, Dothan AL. : 1:47 PM ET
Thank you, Candy, I am really enjoying your giving us a behind-the-scenes look--the things you go through! Keep up the great work! Where do you find the energy?
Posted By Anonymous Debbie, Rochester, NY : 1:51 PM ET
Candy--
I feel awful for you and the crew in SC. Hope you survive!
I love all your posts--they're funny and real and it's great that you can have such a sense of humor when this election's become a slushy mish-mash of doldrums and chaos.
Keep up the great work!

--Mari, MI
Posted By Anonymous Marine H, MI : 1:58 PM ET
Candy - Who knew political reporting was so exciting! Working for CNN is just one glamorous assignment after another.

Appreciate the insider's view of the campaign trail, and glad your hotel fire wasn't too serious. To cameraman Tim - maybe you should be requesting rooms on the lower floors from now on, just to be safe.
Posted By Blogger Barbara : 2:27 PM ET
If things went smoothly, you'd think you were in the wrong place. I don't envy the luck you've been having the past few days. Thanks for continuing on and doing a great job, as usual!
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 3:55 PM ET
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