Romney Padded Audience At Univision Forum To Make Up For Lack Of Interest By Students
Univision caved in to Romney campaign demands when not enough students from the University of Miami were interested in attending the event moderated by Elena Maria Salinas (left, with Jorge Ramos). Thus, the crowd appeared more enthusiastic than it would have otherwise, as the audience was made up of party activists.
Salinas told BuzzFeed that tickets for each forum were divided between the network, the respective campaigns, and the University of Miami (which hosted the events) — and she said both campaigns initially agreed to keep the audience comprised mostly of students, in keeping with the events’ education theme.
But after exhausting the few conservative groups on campus, the Romney camp realized there weren’t enough sympathetic students to fill the stands on their night — so they told the network and university that if they weren’t given an exemption to the students-only rule, they might have to “reschedule.”
…Romney’s team was allowed to bus in rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill the extra seats at their town hall.