Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney, made a campaign stop on campus Wednesday, Sept. 5. Romney campaign representatives estimated the attendance at approximately 800 in Winebrenner Theological Seminary.
UF President Katherine Fell, Ph.D., welcomed those in attendance.
“This institution is dedicated to expression of free ideas,” she said. “… Students have the opportunity to see first-hand how a republic governs itself …”
Lindsay Montgomery, a UF student, offered a prayer, and Christina Terry, Student Government Association president, introduced the city of Findlay’s mayor Lydia Mihalik.
Tami Longaberger, a Romney campaign co-chair, Marsha Latta, wife of Congressman Bob Latta, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor also each spoke prior to Romney taking the stage.
Romney spoke about the challenges of being in the political spotlight as well as her personal struggle with multiple sclerosis. She also spoke directly to college students and women in the audience, encouraging them to become involved in the campaign.
An album of photos from the event is posted on UF’s Flickr account.