Republican vice-presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, gets a high-five from Ava Santa Maria, 4, of Twinsburg, Ohio, inside Doyt Perry Stadium at Bowling Green State University, prior to the start of Bowling Green-Miami University football game, Saturday, October 13, 2012. BGSU president Mary Ellen Mazey looks on.
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A cheering crowd greeted GOP running mate Paul Ryan at Bowling Green State University, where he stopped for some tailgating time before today's football game.
Representative Ryan arrived at Doyt Perry Stadium at 2:30 p.m. where the Falcons were taking on his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio. The Wisconsin congressman met with several supporters and volunteers before he went onto the football field in the end zone for a brief time.
“I don’t see any Miami people yet” Mr. Ryan joked amidst his greetings.
Mr. Ryan then met with members of the BGSU College Republicans at the group’s tent in the tailgating area. There, he enjoyed a bratwurst and played a game of bean bag toss with his children.
“We’re very excited to have Paul Ryan here. We couldn’t be happier to have him,” said Danielle Watson, president of the College Republicans.
The vice presidential candidate greeted supporters, posed for pictures and autographed a bumper sticker.
As he exited tailgating area, one protester was visible, holding signs saying: “Debate Climate Change” and “R Money,” mimicking the Romney logo and “Believe in America Bank in Zurich.”
Mr. Ryan was accompanied by his wife Janna, and children Charles, Sam, and Elizabeth.
Prior to Mr. Ryan’s visit to Bowling Green, Obama for America National Political Director Katherine Archuleta and Wood County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Zickar spoke to Obama volunteers before they went door-to-door to campaign.
A statement from the Obama campaign said the President is the right choice for Wood County residents, emphasizing Mr. Obama's economic policies and aid to students. The average BGSU student receives $3,927 annually in federal Pell Grants and an estimated 1,190 young adults in Wood County who otherwise would have lacked insurance now have it through their parents’ plan because of the President's health care changes, according to the campaign.