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Presidential Debate News

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On Oct. 3, 2012, DU hosted the first of three presidential debates leading up to the 2012 general election.

These were some of the highlights and activities leading up to Debate Day!

The 2012 Election: What Happened? Messages and Meanings of the Presidential Election

Watch the-two hour panel discussion that took place the week after the presidential debate at DU, featuring Matt Barreto of the University of Washington, Sunshine Hillygus of Duke University, John Sides of George Washington University and Lynn Vavreck of UCLA. Our own Dr. Masket moderated.

Two Days Before the Debate!

Peter Hanson discusses the upcoming debate

Professor Hanson talks with Fox News station KDVR about the upcoming debate.

Professor Masket Discusses Colorado Politics on C-SPAN

Masket on Colorado in the general election

Professor Masket took part in a Washington, D.C., panel discussion on Colorado politics, in preparation for the first presidential debate.

Watch the full panel.

Political Science Students Take Part in Pre-debate Interviews

Polisci major Emmanuel Rubio interviewed about the Debate

Watch the debate preview, featuring several political science students and members of the DU community.

Professor Wadsworth Weighs in on Race and Religion in the 2012 Election

Nancy Wadsworth

Check out Professor Nancy Wadsworth's interview with CNN, "'Other-ness': What Obama and Romney have in common on religion, race."

Panel on New Media and the 2012 Election

The Office of the Provost and the Department of Political Science hosted a panel of experts on the role of new media in the 2012 presidential election on May 11, 2012.

Dorian Warren of Columbia University, Brent Blackaby of Trilogy Interactive, David Weigel of Slate/MSNBC and Jay Newton-Small of Time magazine spoke.

Did the Party Decide?

On June 1, 2012, the Office of the Provost and the Department of Political Science presented a panel discussion, "Did the Party Decide? What the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination Tells us about American Politics."

The panel featured the authors of The Party Decides (U. of Chicago Press, 2008), Marty Cohen, David Karol, Hans Noel and John Zaller.