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Romney foreign policy would not be focused on Israel and Middle East

Jun. 8, 2012—As a Mormon, Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs have a basis on the American continent.  Assistant Professor of Religious History Kathleen Flake explains how that might affect the Middle East and Israel. View 2012 election expertise information for Kathleen Flake>> Visit ElectionVU to find all Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election>>

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David Lewis: “Polarization and the Presidency”

Feb. 2, 2012—Watch video of David Lewis, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science, speaking at the Osher Lifelong Learning class, “Politics in a Polarized Polity.” The Feb. 1 class, “Polarization and the Presidency,” focuses on how changes to the presidential selection process have affected the presidents we elect and on changes to the executive...

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21st Century Democracy: Opening Up The Political Process To All Voters

Dec. 2, 2011—Watch video of a forum discussing a new nominating process for 2012 presidential election. Americans Elect is providing voters the opportunity to directly nominate a presidential candidate outside the two-party system for the 2012 presidential election. Through AmericansElect.org, every registered voter can sign up to become a delegate and participate. This election, voters can pick a...

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The role the immigration debate will play through the election cycle

Nov. 28, 2011—The tenor of the immigration debate will probably change as the candidates get closer to the general election. Assistant professor of political science Efrén Pérez explains why the immigration debate is likely to evolve. View 2012 election expertise information for Efren Perez >> Visit ElectionVU to find all Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election >>

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What’s wrong with our current immigration policy?

Nov. 23, 2011—Assistant professor of political science Efrén Pérez explains what  he thinks is wrong with our current immigration policy and the immigration debate. View 2012 election expertise information for Efren Perez >> Visit election VU to find all Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election >>

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Why some Latinos and African Americans seem like ideal Republicans, but don’t vote with the GOP.

Nov. 23, 2011—Assistant professor of political science Efrén Pérez explains why Latinos and African Americans seem like they would be ideal Republicans, but don’t vote with the GOP. View 2012 election expertise information for Efren Perez >> Visit election VU to find all Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election >>

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Mistakes Republicans are making in attracting Latino voters, especially with the immigration issue

Nov. 23, 2011—Republicans are making serious mistakes when it comes to attracting Latino voters, especially with the immigration issue.  Assistant professor of political science Efrén Pérez explains why. View 2012 election expertise information for Efren Perez >> Visit ElectionVU to find all of Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election >>

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The power of a provocative political ad

Nov. 23, 2011—How powerful can a provocative political ad be to a presidential election, whether the ad is accurate or not? Associate professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Josh Clinton explains how a controversial ad, whether accurate or not, can greatly influence an election. View 2012 election expertise information for Joshua...

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How media coverage of campaign advertising influences election results

Nov. 23, 2011—How the media covers campaign advertising can influence election results. Associate professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Josh Clinton explains his research on the 2004 “swift boat” ads and how media coverage impacted the election. View 2012 election expertise information for Joshua Clinton >> Visit election VU to find...

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How to make a political poll fair

Nov. 23, 2011—How do unbiased pollsters make a political poll fair? Associate professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Josh Clinton is an expert on political polls. He explains some of the science behind creating polls. View 2012 election expertise information for Josh Clinton >> Visit election VU to find all Vanderbilt...

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