WHAT: American University experts available for analysis of the Republican National Convention.
WHERE: Anita McBride will be on-the-ground in Tampa from August 26-30 at the Republican National Convention. Other American University experts are available from August 23 onward for analysis from American University in Washington, D.C.
On-the-Ground in Tampa from August 26-30:
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence in American University School of Public Affairs, has a long and distinguished political and government career. Most recently, McBride served as an 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. She’s coordinated three presidential transitions. She is actively involved in international women’s issues. McBride’s work at American University has led to a partnership with the National Archives and the White House Historical Association for a series of conferences focusing on the role of the First Ladies of the United States.
Campaign & Election/Presidency Experts
Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, is an expert in the presidency, party conventions, election prediction, presidential and congressional campaigns, voting behavior, public opinion 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 American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, is an expert on campaigns and elections, presidential-congressional relations, and author of Obama in Office.
Candice Nelson, associate professor and chair of American University’s 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 the convention process and presidential selection process has evolved.
Robert Lehrman, American University public communication professor, is a former speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore and dozens of Democratic political figures. Lehrman’s article on the national political conventions recently appeared in the Christian Science Monitor.
Richard Benedetto, American University journalism professor, covered every national convention since 1972. Benedetto covered the White House for USA Today from the Reagan through the George W. Bush administrations.
Women & Politics
Jennifer Lawless, director of American University’s Women and Politics Institute, is a nationally recognized expert on women's issues and women’s participation in the political process. Her latest book is Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office.
Jan Leighley, American University government professor, is an expert on American political behavior, racial/ethnic political behavior, voter turnout, and the intersection of media and politics.
Politics & Media
Leonard Steinhorn, American University public communication professor, is an expert in U.S. politics, the presidency, strategic communication, culture and media, and recent U.S. history. Steinhorn regularly appears in the media.
Dotty Lynch, American University public communication professor, serves as a political consultant for CBS News doing on-air radio analysis and as a member of the CBS News Election Decision Desk. She is only available for print and radio interviews.
Jane Hall, American University journalism professor, specializes in media and politics, particularly in issues of special interest to young people. She appears regularly on CNN’s Reliable Sources.
After a stormy week for the Republicans, the RNC Convention has become critical for the Romney-Ryan ticket. American University experts are available for analysis. With Ann Romney set to give Monday night’s primetime speech, Anita McBride, American University executive-in-residence, former chief of staff to Laura Bush, and veteran of the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations will be available for analysis for the duration of the convention in Tampa. All of American University’s presidential campaign and election, political, women’s issues, and media and communication experts will also be available from Washington, D.C.
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