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Friday, May 17, 2024

College Republicans show support for McCain in rally

The UW-Madison College Republicans hosted a rally at Library Mall Friday to reiterate their presence on campus and their commitment to Republican presidential candidate John McCain. 


Peter Theron, Republican candidate running for the 2nd Congressional District of the House of Representatives, and Brian Schimming, former political director of the Wisconsin Republican Party both spoke at the rally. 


Schimming stressed the importance for McCain advocates to continue to show their presence and support on campus and throughout the Madison community. 


We can win this thing,"" he said. ""The major thing that is going to get us through is showing people we are still in this and we are still pushing to elect Senator McCain."" 


A masked Obama supporter confronted students at the rally and dencounced McCain's values through a megaphone. 


""There are a lot of students out there who are for McCain but do not want to wear pins, or show that they want him because they are scared of what people will say '¦ I think the [campus] environment is kind of oppressive,"" Schimming said. 


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Halfway through the rally, the Obama supporter stood next to Schimming while he spoke about the importance of showing a united front to students on campus. Schimming attempted to de-mask the Obama supporter, which led to a dispute between the two men.  


""See, this is what they have to do '¦ act like children,"" Schimming said.  

Students for McCain leaders asked attendees to sign-up to help the campaign pass out flyers and work with the ""Get out the Vote"" initiative.  


At the end of the event, Theron introduced himself and asked the approximately 25 students who attended to vote for him as opposed to his competitor U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who has held the position since 1998. 


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