BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) - You expect brats and beer at most college tailgate parties.
But how about a visit from the Republican Vice Presidential candidate?
It doesn't happen often but it did Saturday afternoon at Bowling Green State University.
Paul Ryan made a brief appearance at a tailgate party sponsored by College Republicans outside Doyt Perry Stadium just before the Miami University/Bowling Green football game.
There's a reason Ryan showed up on this particular day.
He's a 1992 graduate of Miami, majoring in economics and politics.
"He's a Miami grad, coming to Falcon territory. Hopefully we'll have a Falcon surprise for him today," said Republican State Representative Randy Gardner.
Ryan played a spirited game of cornhole with his three kids.
He didn't see any of the game, speak or do interviews but energized young voters at the party.
"Jobs and the economy are really bad right now. And I think Romney and Ryan have the perfect plan to make it better for us," said student Danielle Watson.
"I think he's a great guy. He shares my conservative values and I'm glad Mitt Romney picked him as his running mate," said student Craig Denker.
Before the event, the Obama/Biden campaign issued a press release saying the Romney/Ryan ticket is bad for college students.
The release claims they plan to double interest rates on student loans and cut funding for Pell grants.
"A thousand dollars less a year under the Romney/Ryan budget for Pell grants and it's gone up under President Obama. That's a tangible difference students care about," said Mike Zikar, Chairman of the Wood County Democratic Party.
But not to the ones Toledo News Now met at the party.
"My Pell grant went up $200.00 this year. But BGSU tuition went up $200.00 this year. Didn't help us at all," said Watson.
As for the cornhole competition, Ryan's son Sam won it hands down.
On the football field, Ryan's Redhawks lost to the Falcons.
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