Student Life, Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan Students Choose Kasich, Haley for GOP Ticket

February 8, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan held its 2016 Republican Mock Presidential Convention Feb. 5-6. Students elected John Kasich and Nikki Haley for the GOP presidential and vice presidential ticket. OWU’s Mock Convention tradition dates back 132 years and has been held in conjunction with nearly every presidential election since 1920. (Photo by Mark Schmitter)

Presidential, Vice Presidential Candidates Chosen During Two-Day Mock Convention 

DELAWARE, Ohio – It’s a John Kasich-Nikki Haley ticket for Ohio Wesleyan University as students concluded their two-day Republican Mock Presidential Convention on Feb. 6. 

Ohio Gov. Kasich was selected as the Mock Convention’s presidential nominee following a run-off election with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Also nominated were current GOP hopefuls Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio.

No run-off was needed for South Carolina Gov. Haley, who defeated U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and wrestler/rapper/actor John Cena in first-round voting to earn a spot as Kasich’s running mate. 

During the Mock Convention, Ohio Wesleyan students also debated and amended a party platform, which outlines suggested GOP positions on leading economic, domestic, and foreign policy issues of the day. 

Because the event always features the party out of the White House, the 2016 Mock Convention focused on the Republican race. The theme of this year’s Mock Convention was “Back on the Right Track.” 

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