Romney campaigns at Bradley on eve of primary

In front of historic Bradley Hall, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke March 19 on the eve of the Illinois primary election. 

With students just back on campus from Spring Break, the former Massachusetts governor and business executive touted his experience in the private sector. 

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“One reason I’m running is to get people back to work,” Romney said. “Americans are optimistic, innovative, passionate — more can-do. Everyday Americans do extraordinary things.” 

Speaking in front of a crowd of hundreds of students and area residents, Romney was interrupted by applause several times. He used a series of stories to call for reduced government regulations. 

In response to an audience question about student debt, the candidate said, “The best thing I can do for student debt is to get you a good job when you get out.” 

Romney was introduced by U.S. Rep. AARON SCHOCK ’02, who noted, “We need a man of action — a man who can implement a plan, who has a track record. Mitt Romney is that guy.” 

Many in the crowd felt the first presidential candidate’s appearance on campus since John Anderson on March 11, 1980, was a plus for the University. 

“It’s significant the night before the primary election that he came here at the request of a Bradley alumnus,” remarked SHARON McBRIDE ’60, MA ’87, a retired student adviser in the College of Engineering and Technology. She cited the work by Schock and the Bradley University College Republicans in bringing Romney to campus.

Bradley President Joanne Glasser, U.S. Rep. AARON SCHOCK ’02, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney acknowledge the crowd March 19 before Romney spoke in front of Bradley Hall.