An ex-girlfriend of GOP vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan has spoken up about her past relationship with the Wisconsin congressman when the pair both attended Miami University of Ohio in the 1990s.
The twist: Ryan’s former flame is African-American.
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Deneeta Pope, a former cheerleader for the college they attended, spoke exclusively with UK paper MailOnline revealing that while she supports President Barack Obama, she has nothing but fond things to say about Ryan.
“Paul is a very nice guy, a kind guy and a family guy. He’s very approachable and a very likeable person,” said Pope regarding Ryan. Apparently, his interracial relationship with Pope exposed Ryan to the ugliness of racism and he has stated that he endured negative reactions from students and others for dating her. The experience led Ryan to become an advocate for civil rights and cemented his adoration for leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, this according to earlier statements.
Pope denies Ryan’s claims of racism, saying that she’s never witnessed such actions. The current I.T. specialist who now resides in Chicago said that, while the relationship wasn’t serious, the two have remained friendly over the years. When Pope married her second husband this past May, Ryan and his wife Janna were in attendance.