The Davidson College Democrats, a student organization, hosted vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine Wednesday, Oct. 12, on the Chambers Building Front Lawn. SGA President Dara Ferguson led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Democratic convention delegate Sam Spencer ’10, grandson of Davidson’s 14th president, made introductory remarks.
Davidson has been the site of at least two other vice-presidential visits. Gen. Adlai E. Stevenson, running with Grover Cleveland in 1892, focused his speech on Catholicism, public education and Tammany Hall.
In 1928, Joseph T. Robinson, running with presidential hopeful Alfred Smith against Herbert Hoover, was greeted at the train station by Davidson students shouting, “Rah! Rah!! Rah!!! Whoop-la-run Democracy ! – Steven-son!!!”
The Sen. Tim Kaine event was open to the public.
Davidson College does not endorse or oppose the candidate. The Davidson College Democrats invited Sen. Tim Kaine to speak at the college. The expenses for the event set up, production, and security were paid for by the campaign. Security for the event was managed by and a requirement of the Secret Service and not Davidson College. Davidson is committed to providing opportunities on an equal basis for all legally qualified candidates for public office to speak on campus.