Presidential Election

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Backing a Democrat for the White House: Carmine DeSapio's Partisan Politics

Wednesday, September 05, 2012


Carmine G. DeSapio rose through the ranks of Tammany Hall, the New York City Democratic machine, starting out as an errand boy and becoming "boss" in 1949. The upcoming presidential contest is very much on DeSapio's mind during this 1955 edition of Campus Press Conference.

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Bachmann and Pawlenty Eye the Oval Office

Friday, March 25, 2011

Republicans in Minnesota are buzzing this week, after speculation that Tea Party star and Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, Michele Bachmann may be planning an exploratory committee for a potential 2012 presidential run. This comes just days after former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced his own committee. Minnesota’s Republican Party chairman Tony Sutton is calling the potential pool of top tier GOP candidates from in his state, “an embarrassment of the riches.” How might the two candidates fare in a national bid? 

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Presidential Hopeful Newt Gingrich and the Class of '94

Friday, March 04, 2011

Newt Gingrich is entering the "exploratory" phase of a possible presidential run in 2012 against President Barack Obama and a host of Republican challengers. Gingrich's biggest political accomplishments on the national stage arguably happened when he swept into Congress with a Republican majority in the second half of Bill Clinton's presidency. But where are Newt's classmates from 1994? Are they more moderate, or more conservative, than they were some 15 years ago? We speak with former Connecticut Congressman Chris Shays to get an update on the class of '94. 

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Ten Years After Bush v. Gore, Imagining a Different Outcome

Friday, December 10, 2010

What if, ten years ago this Sunday, the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore had gone another way? If the court had found the methods of recounting ballots to be fair; and instead of George W. Bush, then Vice-President Al Gore won Florida's recount, and thus the 2000 presidential election? How different would our world look today? Would it look different at all? 

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