Friday, November 11, 2011
Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican candidate for president at Westminster College's 19th Mock Convention Thursday night. Romney prevailed on the third ballot, with runner-up Michele Bachmann earning the vice presidential slot.
Romney was represented by senior political science and economics major Tyler Dever, a daughter of Leon Dever and Carolyn Nichols of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a graduate of Highland High School.
Bachmann was represented by senior political science major Katelyn Moga, a daughter of Timothy and Pamela Moga of Ashtabula, Ohio, and a graduate of Edgewood High School.
Two additional Republican candidates in the running were Rick Perry, represented by senior political science major Alex Scull, a son of Thomas and Stephanie Scull of DuBois and a graduate of DuBois Area High School; and Ron Paul, represented by senior political science major Anthony Tammaro, a son of Louis and Loraine Tammaro of Ellwood City and a graduate of Riverside High School.
In platform issues, a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman was defeated. Delegates approved resolutions calling for a continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan with no time constraints; debt reduction by privatizing some government services and eliminating others; and job creation through elimination of payroll tax on businesses and relaxation of environmental restrictions on industry.
A quadrennial event since its inception on the Westminster campus in 1936 - with the exception of 1944, when it was not held due to World War II - the convention is held for the party not currently in the White House. This year's event included more than 800 Westminster students plus faculty and staff participants.
"Thank you to all who participated in Westminster's 2011 Mock Convention," said Dr. James Rhoads, Westminster professor of political science and five-time faculty adviser to the convention. "I would like to recognize especially the students who planned and organized the event, as well as the region chairs, the issues speakers, the Westminster Brass Ensemble, and those who led us in prayer and moments of national recognition. I hope those who participated enjoyed their time at the convention and took away how important it is to be engaged in our civic discourse."
Contact Rhoads at (724) 946-7255 or email for additional information. Click here for details about this year's Mock Convention.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.