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Slim but muscular, the 5ft 6ins Pope had her sights set on the cheerleading team of the college's Redhawks football team and was already equipped with the determination and discipline that making the cut required.
When Martin Luther King visited Detroit in 1963 and led a rally of 125,000 people, George Romney issued a proclamation and sent personal representatives.
It was possible, she said, ‘to have a black friend, Asian friend, Hispanic friend or Muslim friend or wife and still exhibit prejudice toward that group’ because ‘the friend or wife is simply viewed as the exception who is not like the others.
Writing in the New York Daily News, columnist Derek Hunter responded that this was ‘race-baiting’ and the fact that Ryan had once had a black girlfriend only mattered to ‘race-obsessed liberals’.
After King was assassinated in 1968, George Romney attended his funeral.
But while the Republican ticket badly needs to attract more black voters, for Romney to cite the experiences of his father or Ryan to discuss a black former girlfriend could easily attract claims of pandering.
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At the end of the long, hot Wisconsin summer in 1988, Ryan left his home town of Janesville for Miami University, described by the Pulitzer prize-winning poet Robert Frost as the 'the most beautiful college there is'.