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Full-Time Students, Part-Time Pundits

By Jack Stringer

Campaign2016U

American University students are taking on the role of political pundits every Thursday morning at 10 a.m., live on WUSA-9 as part of Professor Lenny Steinhorn’s class, Presidential Campaign 2016: Inside the War Room and the Newsroom.

Students involved in the course will have the opportunity to share their analysis on election issues, campaign tactics, and nuances within the campaigns' strategies on camera each week. 

CBS reporter, Bruce Johnson, and his camera crew are streaming the full class live online every week leading up to the election. Watch the news on the same channel later in the day to see Johnson recap the class’ discussion.  

Add your opinion into the mix and let the class know what you want to hear them talk about by using #Campaign2016U on Twitter and Facebook. 

UPDATES

UDPATE: 11/10/16
In case you missed it: Donald Trump was officially declared the president elect of the United States early on Nov. 9. The next day, alongside the rest of the country, professor Steinhorn's class reacted, postulated and tried to explain how he came out on top. 

"It's not just the White working class. I think he put anxiety within a lot of the people who supported him that stems from a fear of 'the other'," Michael Holloman said. Holloman argued that Trump won partly by telling voters, "'the other' is taking things away from you. In order to restore that order and make america great again, you have to vote for me." 

WUSA-9 reporter, Bruce Johnson, got involved in this week's discussion and invited Steinhorn into the studio for a one-on-one interview breaking down how Trump won, and how Clinton lost. Check out this week's video here

UDPATE: 11/3/16
The election is upon us and students gave their last word on what has been an unpredictable past few months. The class conducted their own voting on who they thought would win a few key swing states such as Florida and Pennsylvania, eventually making the tentative collective prediction that Hillary Clinton would be announced the winner on Tuesday. Check out the full WUSA-9 segment, here

UDPATE: 10/27/16
With only one more class before the election, students are diving into the nitty gritty of it and Steinhorn is asking the difficult questions. The wall, the future of Trump supporters, WikiLeaks and more here

UDPATE: 10/20/16
Students reacted to the third and final presidential debate, focusing on Trump's comments insinuating that he might not accept the results of the election. After discussing these headline-grabbing comments, professor Steinhorn asked his students what else from the debate deserved more attention and added the question: has the media been biased towards the Clinton campaign? No, not really, said most students. Watch all the footage from today's class here

UDPATE: 10/13/16
#Campaign2016U students, Dan Lagnado and Molly Gormley, joined professor Steinhorn and Bruce Johnson in the WUSA-9 studio following the town-hall presidential debate to voice their opinions on who won and how the evening's events will effect voter turnout among other facets of the election. Check out their conversation here

Can Trump recover from yet another scandal? The class reacts to the leaked tapes of Trump's comments insinuating sexual assault and what he could possibly do to sway undecided voters. Watch clips from this week, here

UDPATE: 10/6/16
The class met just after the Vice Presidential debate and before the second Presidential debate to reflect on their takeaways of how Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine approached their debate while looking forward to strategies for Clinton and Trump leading up to their town-hall style debate. 

"This isn't a factual, knowledge based campaign it's all about performance and who we can relate to...who we can 'go and get a beer with.' It's all about entertainment," one student said. 

Perception vs. reality; performance vs. truth; and more from this week's class here

UDPATE: 9/29/16
WUSA-9 invited Steinhorn and #Campaign2016U students, Aryn Fields and Michael Holloman, into the studio to discuss the first debate and how millennials will react to each candidates performance monday evening. Watch the full clip here

For more on how the class as a whole reacted to the first debate, check out the videos here

UDPATE: 9/22/16
Students started discussing the lead-up to the first Presidential debate and how each of the candidates can succeed when they meet on Sep. 26. Steinhorn also guided the class through discussions on foreign policy, specifically terrorism and conflict in Syria. To close out their meeting this week, Campaign2016U students weighed in on the Trump campaign's recent statement on the Obama "birther" controversy. 

"Obviously this narrative that he's been creating is false but I think it's far from the most obscene or outlandish thing that he's said. he's a candidate that's been all about pushing the envelope and seeing what he can get away with saying. It resonates with people," one student said. Watch all of this week's videos here

UPDATE: 9/15/16
Steinhorn led his class through discussions on political correctness, the impact of campaign ads, Gary Johnson’s candidacy and more. Check out some of these discussions, here

Students involved in the course will have the opportunity to share their analysis on election issues, campaign tactics, and nuances within the campaigns' strategies on camera each week. CBS reporter, Bruce Johnson, and his camera crew are streaming the full class live online every week leading up to the election. Watch the news on the same channel later in the day to see Johnson recap the class' discussion.

Add your opinion into the mix and let the class know what you want to hear them talk about by using #Campaign2016U on Twitter and Facebook.