Students at Miami University in Ohio Greet Ryan as He Returns to Alma Mater
Byline: Cory Brown, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
OXFORD, OHIO -- Rep. Paul Ryan received a warm reception from his alma mater Wednesday, returning to Miami University in Ohio for the first time since joining the Republican ticket last week as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate.
Mr. Ryan is a 1992 graduate of the school in this classic college town in the southwestern part of the state. He would be the school's first graduate in the White House in 120 years, when Republican Benjamin Harrison (Miami 1852) and running mate Whitelaw Reid (Miami 1856) went down to defeat in Harrison's re-election bid against Democrat Grover Cleveland. The 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman has often credited his college years for developing his conservative philosophy and his commitment to public service.
I think this is huge for Miami University, said Baylor Myers, chairman of the school's College Republicans chapter as he waited for Mr. Ryan's campaign rally to begin.
Paul Ryan has now become one of our most notable alumni. As a College Republican, I have followed his career for years and his leadership is truly exceptional, he said.
Even Laura Kretz, president of Miami's College Democrats, acknowledged it was very exciting that [Mr. Ryan is] a Miami alum.
It gives our school attention and gives Miami a great name. I wish he could have visited when school was in session because I know plenty of College Democrats who would have gone. All Miamians should be proud, no matter who you believe.
Mr. Ryan, introduced by Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rob Portman, bounded on to the stage Wednesday in full campaign mode, saying it was good to be back on campus and joking about his preferred order at the local Skyline Chili chain.
He wasted little time in going after the Democrats, accusing President Obama of being out of ideas and of trying to run a campaign of anger and division. …