Dozens of college students at Marquette University were busy Wednesday evening making posters in preparation for Ann Romney’s speech on campus Thursday.
Downstairs in the gymnasium, risers were being set up for the media as local Republicans were getting everything ready for Ann Romney to campaign for her husband Mitt Romney’s presidential bid.
It wasn't Manitowoc native Tyler Martell, a junior at Marquette, first time volunteering politically. But this time it was different, he told Patch before he began making a poster with a Twitter hashtag to promote the campaign of Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.
“This one is a lot more exciting, there is a lot more people involved,” Martell said. “It’s a national race. … I just think there is a lot more excitement for people with Ann (speaking on campus).”
Martell is looking forward to Ann Romney’s visit and her speech. He praised her speech at the Republican National Convention and is excited to hear what she has to say Thursday.
“She brings a unique perspective to the campaign,” Martell said.
Ann Romney will take part in a rally set for 11:30 a.m. at Marquette's old gym at 1530 W. Clybourn St. The event is open to the public - not just students - but anyone who wants to attend must RSVP online at the campaign's website.
In addition to making posters Wednesday night, Adrienne Fuqua, a senior at Marquette from Fond du Lac, will help direct media during Thursday’s event. She also said Ann Romney brings “something else” to the campaign.
“I am just excited to see all the student turnout – everyone getting together to rally,” Fuqua said.
Samantha Zager, a Marquette junior from Franklin, said she was looking forward to the rally, “especially to be able to witness something and to be able to see someone who might be the future first lady of our country.”
While both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will need to target younger voting populations in this election, Martell, Fuqua and Zager believe the Republican challenger will gain votes among college students and young adults.
“I think we have seen a lot of support among young people,” said Fuqua.
“And Obama promised a lot of stuff for people our age that just isn’t true,” Zager said. “People are living in their parents' basement.”
“There is no proof that anything is going to change in the next four years,” Fuqua chimed in. “A lot of young people are starting to realize that.”
Obama is also coming to southeastern Wisconsin this week. He will appear at a fundraiser in Milwaukee on Saturday and also hold a rally on the Summerfest grounds. Doors open at 5 p.m. for that free public event, and tickets are available Thursday at Democratic campaign offices throughout the metro area.