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2012 election

Perspectives on Election 2012

Oct. 8, 2013—Authors Dan Balz, Lynn Vavreck and John Sides discuss the 2012 presidential election with David Lauter of the Los Angeles Times and John Seignethaler of the First Amendment Center. The “Perspectives on Election 2012” event was held Sept. 24, 2013, at the First Amendment Center on the Vanderbilt campus.To learn more about Vanderbilt, visit

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Daily Beast: Were the Romney and Obama TV ads a total waste?

Nov. 13, 2012—They spent a total of $1 billion on TV ads, but most were instantly forgettable—and none swayed opinion. Next time, writes John G. Geer, make the ads memorable.

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VUCast: Wearable Robot

Oct. 31, 2012—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: Amazing Vanderbilt research you have to see to believe! How this “wearable robot” helps paraplegics walk! How winning a football game could influence who wins the presidency.

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VUCast: Pawn Stars

Oct. 26, 2012—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: Why one Vandy professor says pawn shops are a better economic move than you realize. Which gives a bigger political punch to undecided voters—the debates or negative ads? Go behind closed “Dores” to see what game day is really like.

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Obama/Romney negative ads continue to strike out: Vanderbilt/YouGov surveys

Oct. 26, 2012—Negative advertising may be obligatory in the presidential campaign, but it doesn't seem to be paying off this time around when it comes to changing voter's minds. “It looks like we are way past much bang for the buck with these ads,” said John Geer of Vanderbilt University.

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Early voting now open in Davidson County

Oct. 17, 2012—Early voting in Davidson County is now open through Thursday, Nov. 1, at designated times and locations. You must be registered in Davidson County and present a photo ID to vote. Election Day 2012 is Tuesday, Nov. 6. View a sample ballot. Locations Belle Meade City Hall – 4705 Harding Pike Bellevue Community Center –...

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Vanderbilt experts discuss election dynamics, fallout at Federal Forum

Oct. 16, 2012—Negative ads, excessive campaign spending, and the agenda of the “lame duck” Congress were topics of discussion at the Oct. 15 Federal Forum panel held at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt multipurpose room. The event, hosted by Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations and the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, featured four...

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Video: Panel discussion: Election 2012 and the Congressional “Lame Duck”: What’s at Stake?

Oct. 15, 2012—Watch video of a lunchtime panel discussion on “Election 2012 and the Congressional ‘Lame Duck’: What’s at Stake?”. The panel, hosted by Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations and the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, will be moderated by Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs, and will feature: John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, professor...

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Democrats dig Big Bird; Republicans not so much

Oct. 12, 2012—At the moment, Republicans and Democrats can’t even agree on the appeal of a giant yellow Muppet. Democrats gave Big Bird a favorable rating by an 85 percent margin. Only 55 percent of Republicans held that view.

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Tennessee voter registration deadline is TODAY

Oct. 8, 2012—The deadline to register to vote in Tennessee is Monday, Oct. 8. If you are not yet registered to vote in Tennessee and plan to do so on Election Day, Nov. 6, you must register in person at the Tennessee Election Commission, Metro Office Building First Floor, 800 Second Ave. S., Nashville, 37210. Requirements to...

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VUCast: Stock Obsession

Oct. 5, 2012—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: Why our obsession with stock prices is killing U.S. companies. How powerful is the shrinking undecided voter? Vanderbilt takes you from farm to fork

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One of two Romney approaches offers his best chance: Vanderbilt analysis

Oct. 2, 2012—Mitt Romney can still win the presidential election if he can convince Americans he has the best plan to reinvigorate the economy, according to analysis by Vanderbilt professor John Geer of two new ads released by Romney’s campaign.

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