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C-SPAN Campaign Bus 2008 coming to Chicopee Library

By G. Michael Dobbs

Managing Editor

CHICOPEE The C-SPAN mobile studio, "The Campaign 2008 Bus," will be making a stop in Chicopee on Aug. 6. Charter Communications is sponsoring the appearance of one of the two C-SPAN buses in the parking lot of the library on Front Street from 1 to 4 p.m.

C-SPAN, the cable channel sponsored by Congress that coves the nation's legislature among other public affairs programming, is using the two 45-foot long buses as a way to enhance and promote its coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign on the show "The Road to the White House."

Ron Percy, the marketing administrator for Charter Communications, said that C-SPAN came to them looking for an appropriate stop in Chicopee. Percy said the bus would be traveling from an appearance in Burlington, VT the previous day.

The announcement of the bus's appearance has brought "nothing but good feedback," Percy said.

According to the C-SPAN Web site, the buses have been to "77 political events such as the Iowa Caucus, New Hampshire Primary, Pennsylvania Primary, Iowa Straw Poll, NAACP, GOP Midwestern Leadership Conference, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) Annual Fish Fry, and the Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) Annual Steak Fry." They have also been used as mobile studios for interviews with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulinani.