The 2012 Election, a topic of much debate, confusion and passion, may be more than a year off, but the battle is well underway. In what is certain to be a lively and spirited conversation, the political science faculty will host a forum to discuss the broad spectrum of GOP candidates who have hit the campaign trail and President Barack Obama’s actions since he has taken office.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Joseph Mink, Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas, Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman and President Mark D. Gearan will host a panel on the 2012 Election at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Finger Lakes Gifts & Lounge on Seneca Street. The discussion will also be broadcast live on WEOS-FM.
“Who the Republican candidate will be is the biggest question right now,” explains Deutchman, who also hopes to discuss Tea Party involvement. However, Deutchman says that the panel will focus their discussion on areas that are of audience interest. “We will raise questions and make brief statements, but it is really up to the audience to decide what is important.”
The panel, which has been a student favorite in past election seasons, will cover the state of the economy, the mélange of GOP candidates currently vying for the Republican primary vote and the challenges Democrats may face.
Each member of the panel will present on a different aspect of the elections. Lucas will discuss the current Republican candidates and the primary process, while Deutchman will speak about the connections and disjunctions within and between the candidates’ policy positions. Gearan, who served in the Clinton administration, will address the Republican field from a Democratic strategy perspective. New faculty member Mink will provide a view on the long-term implications of an early primary process as well as potential challenges in fundraising.
With a wide range of perspectives, the panel will prove interesting to all. The HWS campus community and Geneva community members are invited to participate – or simply listen. The discussion is the first of a planned series of forthcoming panels focused on the election, economy, and state of the union. Another election panel will be held in the spring as the candidate field narrows.
Finger Lakes Gifts & Lounge is located at 60 Seneca St., in the building that previously housed Guard’s Cards. The shop, which has an assortment of coffees, drinks, cheeses and baked goods, is now owned by Holly Wilcox.
In the photo above, Mitt Romney debates with Rick Perry in a recent GOP debate.