Watch the CNN Debates on the Web

June 18, 2007

CNN Debates Moderator Wolf BlitzerDid you miss the original TV broadcasts of the CNN Democratic and Republican debates on June 3 and 5? CNN has made the debate coverage available to the public without restrictions - a first from a major news network.

Saint Anselm College has posted the video from the debates online for public viewing at http://saintanselm.blip.tv or you can watch the debates in the video player at the bottom of this post. Because of large file sizes, each debate is divided into four parts (Parts 1-4).

Debate Footage on CNN.com
You may also watch the debates on the CNN Web site through their video stream feed or download the debates for playback on your computer or video iPod.

  • CNN Republican Debate Video - June 5, 2007
  • CNN Democratic Debate Video - June 3, 2007

Saint Anselm Debate Footage

Player Directions: To skip ahead in the above player, just click the forward button. To go back, click the back button. The video starts with the democratic debates on June 3. Click the forward button four times to listen to the CNN Republican debate.

Students Interviewed by NYC’s Fox Affiliate About Presidential Race

June 13, 2007

Students Fox InterviewDuring the June 5 Republican debate, five Saint Anselm College students were interviewed in the spin room by Dick Brennan of New York City’s Fox 5 affiliate. The students (in order of appearance in the TV interview) included, Greg Wallace ‘10, Sara Kallock ‘09, Robyn Dangora ‘10, Mark Grasso ‘10, and Jen Taylor ‘10.

You can view the interview on the Fox 5 Web site at http://www.myfoxny.com. A short commercial precedes the interview.

Political Junkies: Students See What Goes on Behind the Scenes of the Debate
Elissa Rauth ‘08 and M.E. Reidy ‘07 were interviewed on June 5 by the Union Leader about their work as runners for CNN. In the article, they talk about some of the many important jobs they had during the debates from working the candidate green rooms to standing in on the CNN set for lighting, sound, and camera checks.

You can read the article at http://www.unionleader.com.

President Clinton Challenges Young People to Address Inequality

June 12, 2007

President Bill ClintonIn a speech at Saint Anselm College on Monday evening, Former President Bill Clinton urged young people to address inequality by volunteering in their communities and embracing what they share in common. He spoke to more than 1,000 full-time volunteers assembled at the college for City Year’s week-long annual convention, Cyzygy 2007.

Clinton said politics needs to catch up so it can address a world that’s unequal, unstable, and unsustainable. The former president contributed some of the root causes of global inequality on stagnating wages and limited access to healthcare and instability on terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He added that the world is also on an unsustainable path with rising global temperatures and a decline in the availability of oil within the next 100 years.

On conflicts across the globe, including the genocide in Rwanda, war in Sri Lanka, and conflicts in the Middle East, Clinton stated, “the people participating in these conflicts… have decided that their differences are more important than their common humanity.” Focusing on those differences, he said, is why disagreements about oil resources or religious beliefs boil over into armed, sometimes even genocidal conflict.

Clinton spoke in Sullivan Arena, which the previous week played host to both Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls for the CNN Debates, including his wife, N.Y. Senator Hillary Clinton. A fact Clinton acknowledge in his opening remarks.

“I got a big kick out of seeing Saint Anselm splattered all over the world last week. We had the Democratic Debate here and the Republican Debate here. Now we have a guy speaking that can’t run for president anymore.”

To hear a podcast of President Bill Clinton’s speech, click on the audio file included with this post.

 
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BBC News Interviews Prof. Dean Spiliotes and Matt St. John ‘09

June 11, 2007

IMG_1996.JPGDuring last week’s CNN debates, nearly 600 media descended upon Saint Anselm College, including a global contingent of reporters from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, among others.

Prof. Dean Spiliotes, director of research at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Matt St. John ‘09 were both quoted in a BBC News story over the weekend. A photograph of St. John was included with the story. You can read an excerpt below and view the full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6728595.stm.

Want to meet the next president of the United States? Move to New Hampshire and you stand a good chance.

In a country of some 300 million people, the state’s 1.3 million residents are perhaps the most heavily-canvassed and targeted voters of any in the nation, bar Iowa.

Last week each party’s candidates flocked to New Hampshire for the latest televised debates, as they seek the all-important nomination to run for president in 2008.

It’s not for lack of attention on the part of the candidates, however.

Rather, such is the buzz surrounding some of the frontrunners that instead of meeting them at a cosy coffee morning, people have found themselves in a crowd of hundreds or even thousands.

Senators Clinton and Obama have attracted large crowds to events

Dean Spiliotes, director of research at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, says this has been particularly true of some events held by Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

“Early on some of Obama’s advisors suggested in the media they would do something a bit differently from the traditional New Hampshire model,” he says.

“They are still doing some of these larger events - but also the smaller ones. But it’s difficult. Part of it is that they are popular candidates.”

He warns it is important not to underestimate the power of retail, or face-to-face, politicking - especially in a state where the residents are very switched-on.

“Voters meet the candidates directly and in general, what we have found is that voters seek out candidates that they already have an affinity for,” he says.

“Then they get more excited and so bring in their friends and their families and it has a multiplying effect. It helps the candidates mobilize networks of supporters.”

Both the Clinton and Obama campaign teams have said they intend to organize more small-scale events.

That should come as a relief to 19-year-old Matt St. John, who moved to New Hampshire to study precisely because he wanted to meet the political movers and shakers.

“I realized it was a different world,” he says. “I’ve seen every presidential candidate at least once or twice, I’ve seen Hillary Clinton, Karl Rove, President and Laura Bush.”

“There are 18 candidates. If I go to 18 events and ask the same questions of them all, I will be able to ask the next president of the United States something that is important to me.”

“It’s an amazing opportunity to have as a 19-year-old.”

For the full story, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6728595.stm.

The Presidential Debates: the Highlight of My Senior Year

June 7, 2007

Just two weeks prior to the CNN presidential debates, I was sitting in Sullivan arena as a graduate of the class of 2007. As a nursing major who has always been passionate about following politics, the debates were most definitely the highlight of the end of my time here at Saint Anselm as an undergraduate.

The perks of being a CNN “Runner” were far more than I ever imagined. Below is a picture of fellow runners and me as we were “stand-ins” on Saturday’s dress rehearsal. I was soon dubbed “Senator Clinton” by the stage director as I was standing at her podium. It was truly an awesome feeling knowing I was standing on the stage of our next President of the United States.

Over the course of my 4 days working as a Runner, I saw the incredible work that goes on behind the scenes. When it came to both debate nights there was an excitement in the air amongst every staff member. Personally, I was so lucky as to meet and shake the hands of several candidates. Trying to act professionally, I remained cool, calm, and collected but internally I was buzzing with enthusiasm.

At a CNN reception following Tuesday night’s debate I was fortunate enough to chat with Wolf Blitzer. Our conversation was the perfect way to end one of the most exciting events of my life. I described to him the immense appreciation I now have for what goes on behind a major media event, TV shows, and even commercials, Wolf replied “I hope it doesn’t spoil the magic for you.” When I responded “No, it greatly enhanced it” he answered, “Then we’ve done our job haven’t we?”

96.9 FM Talk Takes Over the NHIOP and the Airwaves

June 6, 2007

Down at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, as the debate ended 96.9 FM Talk took over the NHIOP and the airwaves as Jay Severin and Michael Graham began their post-debate analysis. About 200 people packed the NHIOP Auditorium to participate live and hear from Severin and Graham which Republicans stood out and which needed to just sit down.

The President of Saint Anselm College, Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., joined Severin and Graham live to give his thoughts and reactions to the debates and the experience of the primary here at Saint Anselm. Executive Director of the NHIOP and Professor of Politics Dr. Paul Manuel and Senior Advisor for Political Affairs Jennifer Donahue also shared their thoughts and experience of the last few politically charged days.

Here at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics we were thrilled to host 96.9 FM Talk’s Jay Severin and Michael Graham as they roused the audience and the region and let us know what the debates meant for the candidates and the country.

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