Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Greets OSU Crowd
Saturdayâ€™s Ohio State game was unusual in many ways. The first home game of the season was crowded with students for the first time, since Ohio State is now on a semester schedule. Ohio State was playing another Ohio team â€“ Miami University. And the Republican Vice Presidential candidate was in the crowd. Congressman Paul Ryan is a graduate of Miami of Ohio, and he met up with some fraternity brothers for a burger and a game of cornhole at the OSU game. Ryan showed up in a red shirt with no logo.
Scott Friedman was one of Ryanâ€™s Delta Tau Delta fraternity brothers.
“From the minute I met him in college I knew he was going to be in politics and be successful.”
Tailgaters took the increased security, police presence and press attention that came with Ryanâ€™s visit in stride. One fan said Ryanâ€™s connections to Ohio â€“ a key swing state â€“ make him â€œperfectâ€. Another fan noted that Ryan is from Wisconsin, and said while the Ohio State-Wisconsin game comes on November 17, the real battle will be a week and a half earlier â€“
on election day.
Ryan left Columbus for a rally in Jacksonville, Florida Saturday afternoon, alongside presidential contender Mitt Romney.