9/17/2012 Timothy Brixius ’00

The 2012 Presidential Election: Money, Ideology, and Personality

Panel discussion with Stephen Medvic, Terry Madonna, and Robert Friedrich

Recorded September 27, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in Mayser Gymnasium.

Watch a 3-minute video of highlights from this event.

Unprecedented amounts of money are being spent on behalf of President Obama and Governor Romney. The candidates' ideologies, and the increasing polarization in the nation's politics, have influenced the strategies and tactics of the campaigns. And the candidates' backgrounds and personalities have been scrutinized by both the voters and the media. Money, ideology, and personality are affecting this year's presidential election to a greater extent than any election in recent memory. This panel discussion will address the impact of these, and other, factors in the 2012 campaign and will explore the potential consequences of the election outcome.

G. Terry Madonna is Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Franklin and Marshall Keystone Poll. His academic specialties are the American presidency, American political parties, and political behavior.

Robert Friedrich is associate professor of government. His areas of areas of expertise are in American government, particularly in public opinion and elections, political methodology, and political ideology.

Stephen Medvic is associate professor of government. He studies campaigns and elections and political parties and is the author of the forthcoming In Defense of Politicians: The Expectations Trap and Its Threat to Democracy.

This event is open to the public.

Free; no tickets required.

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