BEREA -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a campaign appearance at Baldwin Wallace in Berea today.
A crowd of up to 1,000 people were welcomed by the President of the Univeristy, several local officeholders, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, and Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby, a leading Republican figure in Northeast Ohio.
Hruby offered a rousing introduction, referring to last night's debate, telling the crowd at B-W, "Governor Romney has the courage to stand face to face with the leader of the free world, and challenge him on his foreign policy, which has failed this country and the world."
Taylor joined Hurby in telling the partisan crowd the November election offers a "clear choice," and that "we can do better."
Condoleezza Rice's appearance with Paul Ryan in Berea represents the first time she has actually campaigned with either member of the GOP ticket. Her entrance to the campaign trail may be in part to continue to bolster Romney's popularity with women voters.
Polls have shown him making substantial gains in that area lately.
Among those in the standing room only crowd waiting for the appearance of Ryan and Rice are a number of Baldwin Wallace University political science students, taking certain classes which are offered only in the fall during presidential election years.
There also was much talk among those attending the Ryan-Rice rally about the second presidential debate, which, not surprisingly, in the opinion of the mostly partisan crowd, Mitt Romney won.