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Will the Romney-Ryan Ticket Deliver?

American University political experts available for comment

WHAT: American University political experts available for Romney-Ryan ticket analysis.

WHEN: August 11 -- ongoing

WHERE: In–studio, on campus, via telephone

Vice Presidency Expert

Robert Lehrman, public communication professor is a former speechwriter for dozens of Democratic political figures including Vice President Al Gore.

General Political Experts
Richard Benedetto, journalism professor is a former White House correspondent and columnist for USA Today and political columnist for Gannett News Service.

Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, is an expert in the presidency, election prediction, presidential and congressional campaigns, voting behavior, public opinion, party conventions, politics, and American political history and analysis. Lichtman is well known for his "13 Keys" system, through which he has correctly predicted the winner of every presidential race since 1984.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, is an expert on campaigns and elections, presidential-congressional relations, and author of Obama in Office (2011).

Anita McBride, executive-in-residence, has a long and distinguished political and government career. Most recently, she served as Assistant to President George W. Bush and Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush.  She also served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.  McBride is currently spearheading a series of First Lady Conferences focusing on the role of the First Ladies of the United States.

Patrick Griffin is a professor on the legislative process and served in the Clinton White House as assistant to the president for legislative affairs. In the U.S. Senate, he was the Secretary for the Democrats, and held the positions of professional staff member on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Budget Committee.  

Candice Nelson, associate professor in the department of government, is an expert on presidential and congressional elections and also studies voting behavior. Her most recent book Grant Park: The Democratization of Presidential Elections 1968-2008 looks at how presidential candidate selection has evolved.

Women & Politics Expert
Jennifer Lawless, government professor and director of the Women and Politics Institute, is a nationally recognized expert on women's involvement in politics and women’s issues. Her latest book is Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office (2012).

Voting Behavior Expert
Jan Leighley, government professor, is an expert on American political behavior, voter turnout, media and politics, and racial/ethnic political behavior.

Politics & Media Experts
Leonard Steinhorn, public communication professor, is an expert in American politics, culture and media, strategic communication, the presidency, and recent American history. He is currently a political analyst for Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C.

Jane Hall, journalism professor, specializes in media and politics, particularly in issues of special interest to young people. She appears regularly on CNN’s Reliable Sources.

Why did Gov. Romney choose Congressman Paul Ryan as his VP? How does Ryan balance the ticket? Will Ryan be enough to close the gap in the polls before November? What will voters – women, minorities, Independents, conservatives – think about the choice? How will Ryan’s bold budget-cutting proposals in the House affect the race? How will the Obama Campaign respond?

American University professors have answers to these questions among others and are available for interviews.

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