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Archived News-2008

  • 11/07/08 - Experts: Obama Will Move Quickly to show he's ready to govern ( By Ann Marie Owens - Distinguished Professor of Political Science John Geer noted that the election of the first African American as president some 40 years after the start of the Civil Rights Movement is quite amazing, especially for those who remember the 1960s. "Obama's election shows that our political system, despite its warts and drawbacks, still works," Geer said. "Obama led an impressive campaign despite strong opposition and negative attacks from within his party during the primaries and later from the GOP."
  • 10/31/08 -   2 008 Presidential election signals transition: Vanderbilt experts ( By Ann Marie Deer Owens - Presidential transition: A smooth presidential transition with an emphasis on advance preparation and avoidance of past pitfalls is crucial to a strong start for the next administration, says political scientist David E. Lewis....All candidates want to claim a mandate once they win elected office, says political scientist John Geer, but it is hard to know based on just the raw vote whether they earned one.
  • 10/03/08 -  Vanderbilt and First Amendment Center to host presidential election panel ( By Ann Marie Deer Owens - Among the panelists scheduled to participate: John Geer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt and an expert on campaigns, public opinion and negative ads. Geer wrote In Defense of Negativity: Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns, 1960-2004.
  • 10/01/08 - Presidential scholar eagerly anticipates new administration - whoever wins (vanderbiltview) By Ann Marie Deer Owens - "The addition of Dave Lewis to our faculty is simply tremendous," said [John] Geer. "The blunt facts are that Dave is the leading presidential scholar in his cohort, and his presence brings great visibility to Vanderbilt.

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Media Spotlight - 8/19/15 - CSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton, graduate affiliate Carrie Roush, and Dr. John Lapinski, Director of the Elections Unit at NBC news take a closer look at Trump supporters.

Washington Post - 8/3/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis and graduate affiliate Mark Richardson's Survey on the Future of Government Service is examined - 7/22/15 - CSDI Co-director John Geer is quoted in an article about Donald Trump's participation in the upcoming republican presidential debate in Cleveland.

The Fiscal Times - 7/20/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis is quoted in an article about Jeb Bush's plan to reduce the federal workforce.

Newsweek -7/17/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis discusses "How to Keep Good People Working in Government."

Tennessean - 7/10/15 - CSDI Co-Directors Joshua Clinton and John Geer Op-Ed, "Beware of Internal Polls to Name Nashville's Next Mayor


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