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Romney makes stop at Flagler

Sep 21, 2012
by Staff

A visit by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney brought a crowd of thousands to Flagler College’s West Lawn on Aug. 13, along with media coverage that spanned the globe.

A crowd estimated at 4,500 watched as Romney, introduced by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, delivered a speech that focused on the economy and small businesses.

Romney was the first presidential candidate to visit Flagler since Pat Buchanan spoke on campus during his run for the presidency in 2000.

The campaign stop was carried by news media that ranged from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post to CNN, the “TODAY Show,” NPR and even media as far away as the Jakarta Globe and the Bangkok Post.

While school was not in session, many Flagler students were in the crowd to watch.

“I’m here so I can say I’ve seen this,” said junior Lorenzo Deagle. “I was here. My only complaint was that the youth segment is slightly underrepresented with school not being in session.“

“This is history,” said sophomore Liz Shaw. “I’m an older student and have been unemployed for four years. So I’m paying attention to this election pretty intently. But regardless of who you’re voting for, it’s amazing that someone running for the highest office in the country thought to stop here.”

Romney’s visit to St. Augustine came just two days after he selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.

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