'Extreme Election: BGSU Edition'

The University has been the site of much political activity recently. Vice presidential candidates Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joseph Biden both held rallies on campus, Palin on Oct. 29 and Biden on Nov. 1. And on Oct. 28, Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown held a small “get-out-the-vote” event in Prout Chapel.

Speaking at the Palin rally, which packed the 5,500-seat Anderson Arena, were Ohio Rep. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green), Ohio Sen. Mark Wagoner (R-2nd District), U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-5th District) and, introducing Palin, Betty Montgomery, former state senator, state auditor and Ohio attorney general.

Palin addressed an enthusiastic crowd, appearing with her husband and “Joe the Plumber.”

Following the Palin rally in Anderson Arena, Elizabeth Vargas of ABC interviewed her in the women’s locker room. Portions of the interview were later broadcast on “Good Morning America” and “20/20.”

An estimated 2,500 people gathered on the University Hall lawn Saturday night to see Biden, who was introduced by his wife, Jill, and Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, as well as two young field organizers for the Obama campaign, Corrie Keegan and Josh Thurstin, who urged the crowd to be sure to vote.

The event was covered by the local media and the traveling press corps.

November 3, 2008