He said the ticket giveaway was announced as Clinton was preparing to speak, though tickets were also scheduled to be given away the next day at other locations. The effect: college students lured away by a rock star from one of the few civic events they would have have otherwise attended. The Star reported that "it sure look like Obama's representative [Dave Matthews] whipped up the most excitement." Then there was this cringe-worthy quote from an Obama supporter:
"I was leaning toward Obama, but this sealed the deal for sure," [Jason Schechtman, 19, Deerfield, Ill., a student at IU] said. "The Obama campaign announced this right as (Bill Clinton) was about to speak, and it brought everyone from over there to over here."