Former Vice President Joe Biden will visit YSU Monday even as investigators are trying to determine who sent him and other prominent Democrats suspicious packages, some with potential explosives.
Biden will be in town campaigning for Ohio governor candidate Rich Cordray and running mate Betty Sutton.
A suspicious package addressed to Biden was intercepted Thursday from a mail center in Delaware on the same say that a package was sent to the offices of actor Robert DeNiro in New York.
Other apparent bombs were sent to former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former CIA Director John Brennan. None of the devices have exploded, and nobody was hurt.
People involved in the planning of Biden’s Youngstown visit say risks come with any high-profile guest, but they are confident the event will be safe.
“From Sheriff Greene all the way down to the local departments, we are fortunate to have some great police officers here in the Valley. I am confident they will keep everyone safe,” said Chris Anderson, executive director of political affairs for the Mahoning County Democrat Party.
YSU spokesperson Ron Cole said the university has experience in dealing with high-profile guests, and he doesn’t think there will any extra measures put in place for Biden’s visit. He said the university is ready and equipped to deal with security.
“President Obama when he was campaigning. Hillary Clinton, we’ve had George Bush here, John McCain. These are events that seem to come our way on occasion, especially during the political season. I’d say we are pretty prepared and used to the process,” Cole said.
WKBN 27 First News reached out to the Cordray campaign and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which provides security, but haven’t heard back with answers to our questions.
The Rich Cordray Rally is scheduled for Monday, October 29 in the Chestnut Room at Kilcawley Center. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. The event starts at 4 p.m. Admission is free and is on a first come first served basis. Parking is $5 in university lots.
The following items are prohibited –
- Outside food or beverages (Medical necessities will be exempt if in a clear plastic bag).
- Illegal drugs or substances
- Artificial noisemakers
- Backpacks, bags, coolers, fanny packs or containers of any size.
- Bottles, cans and flasks
- Purses larger than 10 inches by 7 inches
- Video cameras (except for media)
- Professional cameras with lenses bigger than 6 inches (except for media)
- Weapons of any kind (batons, knives or chains)
- Laser Pointers
- Animals (disability service animals are allowed)
- Confetti or glitter
- Mace or pepper spray
- Unless otherwise authorized by law, pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person’s control, convey, or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance onto these premises.
- Any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate