President Carter's Sept. 24 campaign trip to Virginia for Henry E. Howell, the state's democratic nominee for governor, will end with a $1,000-a-couple fund-raising dinner in Williamsburg, the Howell campaign said today.
To exclamations over the price of tickets to the Carter dinner, unusually high for a Virginia campaign, Howell press secretary Bank Bolling said "Well he's the people's candidate, including the people who can afford that price."
The fund raiser in the Colonial Williamsburg convention center will end a campaign swing that will begin in Roanoke in early afternoon, Bolling said.
After a rally in Roanoke, Carter and Howell will travel eight miles south to the Franklin County town of Boones Mill to make some country store appearances, a feature of Howell campaigns.
Then the President and the candidate will fly to Patrick Henry International Airport, which serves the Virginia Peninsula metropolitan area, to hold a rally there and then drive to Williamsburg for the fund raiser.
The Peninsula cities of Hampton and Newport News are in the heart of Howell's southeast Virginia political base. He is a former delegate and state senator from Norfolk. Williamsburg also has been favored by Howell in the past as a stage for political events. He chose the colonial capital as site of his inaugration as lieutenant governor after winning the office in a special election in 1971.
In his campaign against Lt. Gov. John N. Dalton, the Republican nominee for governor, Howell constantly stresses his friendship with Carter and his early support of his presidential candidacy.
The Howell campaign obviously expects the Carter trip to help persuade voters that Virginia would benefit from a special relationship with the White House if Howell is elected. It is also obvious from the price of the fund-raiser tickets that they hope the trip will be a major help in erasing Howell's $100,000 primary campaign deficit and meeting his $800,000 general election campaign fund goal.