Obama, Romney asked to speak at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame, which faced protests three years ago when President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech, has invited the president and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to speak on campus.

The university said Notre Dame's president, Rev. John Jenkins and the student body president made the invitations Monday, continuing a long tradition.

Obama's appearance at the 2009 commencement sparked protests over his support of abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research. Some called for Jenkins to resign, and dozens of bishops questioned Jenkins' judgment for inviting the president to speak.

Pro-Life Action League spokeswoman Ann Scheidler says the group has no problem with the campaign invitations because both candidates are invited to speak. Group members protested before Obama's graduation speech.

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American football did not have an auspicious beginning at the University of Notre Dame. In their inaugural game on November 23, 1887 the Irish lost to Michigan by a score of 80. Their first win came in the final game of the 1888 season when the Irish defeated Harvard Prep by a score of 200. -Steven C. Wyer

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