Article by Asheville Citizen-Times staff
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was scheduled to visit Rev. Billy
Graham in Montreat Thursday afternoon, swinging through Black Mountain on
the way, Black Mountain Town Manager Matt Settlemyer said.
Romney is set to speak in Asheville at a 5:30 p.m. campaign stop at the U.S. Cellular Center.
said Town officials were told about the visit, which has not been
announced to the public, by the Secret Service and N.C. Highway Patrol.
has no plans to stop in Black Mountain during the visit with Graham,
though Town police and firefighters will block roads briefly on the
candidate's way in and way out to Montreat.
9 from Interstate 40 and Montreat Road to Montreat will be the path of
travel and traffic should be disrupted for only about five minutes as
Romney comes in and leaves, Settlemyer said.
and firefighters should be setting up at about 2 p.m. at the earliest,"
he said. "He could come through after 3 p.m. And he'll be gone by 5
p.m., before rush-hour traffic."
about the visit, officials with Graham's ministry referred phone calls
to spokeswoman Jessica Toews with the DeMoss Group, an Atlanta public
relations firm. Toews said she had no information on the visit.
a renowned and now aged protestant minister, has met with candidates
and presidents for decades, both in the White House and when they have