Posted on | August 16, 2012 | 26 Comments
Paul Ryan speaks at his alma mater, Miami (Ohio) University, Aug. 15, 2012
Paul Ryan “made news” yesterday, as they say, by declaring that he and Mitt Romney are ready to debate Medicare with Obama: “We want this debate, we need this debate, and we will win this debate.”
The real news, however, was Ryan’s endorsement of the “Five Way” served at Skyline Chili, an Ohio-based chain that also has franchises in Kentucky, Indiana and Florida. Here’s video of Ryan’s opening remarks at Miami (Ohio) University, where he endorsed the “Five Way”:
After yesterday’s rally, I met up with Miami University business professor Bryan Ashenbaum and his fellow members of the Liberty Township Tea Party, who took me and my son Jefferson, 13, to Skyline Chili on High Street in Oxford — the same restaurant where Paul Ryan ate as an undergraduate. Rather than try the “Five Way” I had two Cheese Coneys, while my fellow diners explained to me that the “Five Way” is spaghetti, chili, cheese, onions and beans.
We were joined at Skyline by Becca Lower, an Ohio activist who worked on Rick Santorum’s campaign. Becca displayed her Paul Ryan “math” poster the candidate autographed after the rally:
While we were at Skyline, our waitress explained that she had not been scheduled to work that day. She had come by the restaurant to check her schedule and the manager — swamped by the influx of patrons after the Ryan rally — asked her to help out.
“I’ve never seen so many Republicans in my life!” the waitress said of the afternoon crowd. I explained to her that it was probably due to Ryan’s endorsement of the “Five Way,” and told her this surge of business was “the start of the Romney-Ryan recovery.”
The huge size of the crowd at Ryan’s Miami event was a good omen, as one of Instapundit readers observed:
“Granted, as an alum, Paul Ryan could expect a nice crowd at Miami U; but what’s really amazing is that most freshmen don’t move in until tomorrow and most upperclassmen not until the weekend. Given Miami’s bucolic, rural setting (i.e. in the middle of nowhere), I imagine most of those folks drove at least 30 minutes from Dayton or Cincinnati.”
As I explain in my American Spectator column today:
Republicans now appear fired up for a fighting campaign this fall, and nowhere will the fight be fiercer than in Ohio, a state whose 18 Electoral College votes have been decisive in previous elections.
“Ohio is so important,” Ryan told the crowd who turned out for his homecoming visit to Miami University. “You know this. You’re used to it. The Buckeye State could very well determine the future of our country for a long time.… This is the kind of election that shapes generations.”
Ryan concluded by expressing confidence that the Republicans will win that election: “We can get this economy growing. We can keep the government limited. We can get the job done. We can put people back to work. Together we can get this done.”