Town Hall Event with Newt Gingrich draws over 3,500 at ORU Mabee Center

By Natasha Mitchell ('94)

Newt GingrichA town hall event with GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich on Monday, Feb. 20 draws more than 3,500 attendees to the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University.

The program included Kara Evans, president of the ORU College Republicans, Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, and ORU President Mark Rutland. Rutland introduced Gingrich.

Gingrich presented comments and answered questions given by a diverse group of ORU students. The questions asked ranged from health care to foreign policy to student aid.

Evans said she was to represent ORU and the government department at the town hall meeting again.

"I am really excited to have the opportunity to do this for the second time and to represent ORU," she said. "I feel extremely blessed to have engaged with the presidential candidates who have visited our campus."

This is the second Town Hall Event sponsored by the ORU College of Republicans. The first Town Hall Event on February 9 featured GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum.

The event was presented as academic and educational opportunity for the campus, region, state and nation. ORU does not support or oppose candidates for public office, and the opinions expressed in this event are not those of ORU. All recognized candidates for the office of the President of the United States in the November 2012 election have been invited to appear at ORU. Candidate appearances on the ORU campus are not campaign rallies or events, and fundraising at the appearance is prohibited.