Lubbock's gearing up to be in the national political spotlight again as two Republican presidential candidates are slated to stop here before the Texas Primary on Tuesday. Governor Mike Huckabee will stop at the Silent Wings Museum to push his message to win the White House.
When Huckabee stops in the Hub City Friday it will be an historic visit, beacuse he'll be the first presidential candidate in decades to stop in Lubbock who isn't already in office. And Lubbock County Republican Chair, John Steinmetz says having a Republican candidate here just days before a primary election is a great compliment to all Republican voters and volunteers.
"This is a compliment to the volunteers. This is a compliment to the consistency of Republican voters," Steinmetz said.
Getting a major presidential candidate to stop in your town isn't easy. Steinmetz says it takes preparation and months of relationship building in advance.
"We've just followed up and really worked on building a relationship with each of these candidates," Steinmetz added.
"It is not a ticketed event. It'll be a first come first serve and we encourage any supporters to come early as there is limited seating at the Silent Wings Museum," He said.
And before the primary election Tuesday, Lubbock may play host to another big Republican name - John McCain.
"We are excited to tell you that we are in talks with senator McCain's campaign on having something out here in West Texas, but at this time it's too early to confirm," Steinmetz said.
There's no word yet when or where McCain's visit may take place.
Governor Huckabee will be speaking Friday at the Silent Wings Museum near the airport. The event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and is located at 6202 North I-27.
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