Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman recently was a guest on WXXI’s talk-radio program, the “1370 Connection.” Host Bob Smith spoke with Deutchman on the topic of The Presidency Today.
Smith and Deutchman discussed the upcoming Republican Primary race, which Smith referred to as an “unusually crowded race this time.”
When asked if she thought there was someone who could be the potential breakthrough candidate in terms of getting the Republican nomination, Deutchman replied she didn’t believe there was. “Many Republican primary voters do not like Romney, and so they’re looking around,” she said.
Deutchman and Smith discussed religion’s role in the upcoming election, in particular how Romney’s Mormon faith is viewed negatively by a large percentage of the Evangelical Christians who make up Republican primary voters. “For Evangelical Christians, Mormonism is a cult,” she said.
They also discussed the dilemma of Democrats who are not happy with the performance of President Barack Obama. For Democrats, Deutchman said, the challenge will be “getting those people out to the polls” because they’re not going to vote for a Republican but they may sit out the vote instead.
The potential for a change in the makeup of Congress in 2012 also came up, with Deutchman noting she “could foresee a scenario where Obama loses, Romney wins (I’m assuming Romney) and the Democrats take back the House. I could see that happening.” If it were up to her, she added, she would vote out all members of Congress.
A member of the HWS faculty since 1987, Deutchman holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in political science and economics.
The full interview can be heard online.