Yesterday the Virginia Tech College Republicans hosted Susan Allen, wife of George Allen, the Republican candidate for Senate in Virginia.
The visit was part of the Virginia Voices tour, and included stops in Wytheville and Rural Retreat.
Susan Allen spoke in Squires Student Center to an assembly of students, a small but enthusiastic crowd, many of whom were wearing stickers supporting her husband. She highlighted the three main themes of her husband’s campaign: jobs, the economy and energy.
“Where are the jobs?” Allen asked the gathered students. “We have so many opportunities to create jobs. We can’t take the mediocrity any longer.”
Allen touted her husband’s record of job creation as Virginia’s governor, saying that he created 300,000 new jobs in the state. During her speech, she stressed the importance of energy independence to the economy. She discussed the role of coal, along with alternative energy sources, and how these can play in a domestic energy strategy.
Allen encouraged students to get involved with the election, and proposed a “Hokie Challenge,” an online contest to see who can capture the best images of students supporting the Allen campaign around campus.
Event organizers hoped the visit would encourage student involvement and interest in the upcoming election.
“The elections that take place now while we are students are going to affect us greatly after we graduate,” said Matthew Hurt, a senior political science and communication major, and chairman of the College Republicans.
Her visit lasted only an hour, but Allen reserved time to chat with each of the students who made time between classes to see her.
“Hokies have been the most supportive over the years,” Allen said, as she jokingly acknowledged that her husband had attended the University of Virginia.
As she left to make other stops in southwestern Virginia, students praised her speech.
“I thought it was excellent,” said Alexandra Ernst, a freshman international studies major. “I think she’s a great speaker.”