The Political Process in Action
March 19, 2012
Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members gathered outside Bradley Hall on Monday evening for Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney’s visit to campus.
Romney’s appearance was hosted by Bradley University College Republicans.
“We’re honored that he chose to come to Bradley,” said College Republicans vice president Mary Kanowsky, a senior psychology major from Dunlap. “It’s an amazing opportunity to have someone who may be the Republican presidential nominee or the next president of the United States speaking on our campus. Whether you agree with his policies or not, he is one of our nation’s leaders, and this is a chance to see the political process in action.”
Introduced by Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ’02, Romney spoke about several key issues, including the economy and unemployment, and answered questions from the audience.
“Your life will move in ways you never expected,” he told the crowd. “I thought I would have a career in automobiles, and now I am running for president. I never thought that would happen.”
“Academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development are key components of a Bradley education and our students are seeing firsthand the political landscape on a national level right here on campus,” Bradley President Joanne K. Glasser said.
Glasser added that the event was not an endorsement of Romney or the Republican party, and the University would try to accommodate any serious presidential candidate.
In the News
- New York Times: Romney Makes Final Pitch to Illinois Voters (3-19-2012)
- NPR: Romney Drilled On Social Issues At Illinois Rally (3-20-2012)
- MSNBC: Romney: 'Best thing I can do for student debt is get you a good job' (3-19-2012)