Though local TV stations may have only credited the rally with gathering 1000 people, local numbers guru David Burton counted at least 1500 people at Wednesday's Hand's Off My Health care Rally, in Raleigh's Kerr Scott Building.
Sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and lead by State Chairman, Dallas Woodhouse, people came out to show the media, their members of Congress, and anyone else who would listen, that they don't want the United States government taking over their health care.
"Anything that government gets it's hands on, it screws up, I sure don't want them messing with my health care", one attendee told your blogger, before running off to join the rallying his message.
In a rousing talk before President Obama's speech, which was shown live to the group, Woodhouse (left) urged all participants to send in pre-printed petitions to show their lack of support for Obama's health care plan. Then, he urged everyone to contact their member of Congress and both U.S. Senators to tell them to oppose any legislation that imposes greater government control over health care.
Your blogger took a few photos of the crowd. She was especially pleased to see so many fellow activists with the Wake County Republican Party.
NOTE: Your blogger is active with AFP, both statewide, and nationally. She's looking forward to seeing her fellow North Carolinians at the Defending the American Dream Summit in Washington, DC on October 2nd and 3rd. More information is available at their website. Register before Sept 15 to get the discount!