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Elizabeth Warren’s Mississippi ‘town hall’ closed to public, media. The State Governor responds.

Statement from Governor Phil Bryant via Twitter on Elizabeth Warren’s upcoming Town Hall. The Governor stated: So @SenWarren will shut out the Mississippi media and the average Mississippian to her so-called town hall event. That’s the typical Liberal way of stopping free speech on a college campus.


Article attached from Clarionledger.com

March 14, 2019

A televised forum at Jackson State University featuring Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren is invite-only, Warren’s campaign and CNN confirmed Thursday.

Access inside the town hall is also closed to other media, but reporters will have an opportunity to write stories from a filing citing center in a separate room.

Warren’s campaign initially said the “town hall” would be open to the public, but limited details were available about how supporters could attend. An email blast from the state Democratic Party on Wednesday gave instructions to fill out a form indicating interest in the event. The email then directed people to look out for further correspondence that would confirm whether seating is available for them.

A CNN source told the Clarion Ledger that JSU students, faculty and staff were able to reserve audience tickets on a first-come, first served basis. The network is also expected to invite likely Democratic Mississippi primary voters. Community organizations were also asked if they were interested in attending Monday’s event.

Warren’s campaign announced Wednesday that the senator’s swing tour will also incorporate two stops in the Mississippi Delta with Warren set to visit Cleveland and Greenville on Monday morning. The campaign has not confirmed whether those events will be open to the public.

Warren, who announced her candidacy last month, on her website calls her campaign a “grassroots movement” and says, “Person to person, town to town, we’re building a movement across this country.”

Last year’s Senate runoff brought President Donald Trump and Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker — who have since announced they are running for president next year — to the state, but Warren’s is the first visit by presidential hopefuls occurring on the 2020 campaign trail.

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