November 29, 2007
Saint Anselm College will host the final presidential primary debates before the New Hampshire primary, Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., college president, has announced.On Saturday, January 5, ABC News, WMUR-TV, and the social networking site, Facebook, will stage back-to-back Democratic and Republican debates at the Dana Center. The nationally televised program will start at 7 p.m., with each debate running for 90 minutes. The Republicans will debate first, followed by the Democrats. Read more
November 28, 2007
If Saint Anselm students were to choose the parties’ presidential contenders, the 2008 race would be between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. That was the result of a campus-wide mock primary that drew 562 student ballots Nov. 28. It was the earliest known, large-scale mock primary vote to occur in the state.
Obama was the biggest overall winner with 151 votes. Hillary Clinton came in third overall and second among Democrats with 80 votes. Romney was the second-best vote getter overall with 83 votes. Rudy Guiliani was the runner up Republican, taking 72 votes.
In all, 176 student voters indicated they intend to participate in the New Hampshire Primary on Jan. 8.
New Hampshire’s First “First-in-the-Nation-Primary” Student Primary was organized by the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassadors at the college’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Prior to the voting, students had the opportunity to meet many of the candidates in person. The Institute of Politics is a stop on the campaign trail for many presidential contenders, and CNN held presidential debates on campus in June. ABC will air back-to-back debates from the college Jan. 5.
Results from the Saint Anselm College Mock Primary are:
MITT ROMNEY: 83
RUDY GIULIANI: 72
JOHN McCAIN: 41
MIKE HUCKABEE: 26
RON PAUL: 26
FRED THOMPSON: 5
DUNCAN HUNTER: 1
TOM TANCREDO: 0
BARACK OBAMA: 151
HILLARY CLINTON: 80
JOHN EDWARDS: 30
JOE BIDEN: 23
BILL RICHARDSON: 17
DENNIS KUCINICH: 4
CHRIS DODD: 2
MIKE GRAVEL: 1
Photo by Alex Witkowicz ‘08
Media Coverage: WBZ-TV | Union Leader
November 21, 2007
On a crisp November morning, bloggers from across the region convened at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics for a conversation with Elizabeth Edwards. As a long time blogger and the wife of Democratic presidential hopeful Senator John Edwards, she had a lot to say to the group of 30 or so bloggers that morning. Elizabeth casually walked into the room, saying hello to the bloggers she was familiar with, knowing most of them by name. The way she came into the room, without any cameras or staffers following her, surprised the group, and she instantly received the applause she deserves.
Before she sat down, a few young campaign staffers hung up a sea-foam green sign behind her seat with cursive “New Hampshire ‘Hearts’ Elizabeth” — a perfect reflection of the feelings of her audience that morning.
Elizabeth was very down-to-earth, and very relatable, drinking her Diet Coke and making sure all the bloggers were ready and their equipment was set up correctly. She began the meeting by saying a little bit about technology, and the large impact it has on society, especially the upcoming presidential race. Elizabeth mentioned how she has been using the internet ever since it’s first appearance, and was a veteran to the blogging community. I had never realized how much blogs impacted the political community, so this was interesting for me to hear. She even talked about how she likes to post on the lesser known blogs, to show her appreciation for their support.
After a short speech about blogging, she opened it up to questions. Many of the questions pertained to the blogosphere, but others talked about her husband’s campaign. Elizabeth talked about her love for blogs, as it allowed anyone and everyone to have a voice about the presidential race. She also discussed blogs that focused on education, which lead to a chat about home schooling her youngest children, Jack and Emma Claire. The examples she gave of their home schooling regimen shed light on her hands-on approach to educating her children, and the strong emphasis on parenting from both her and Senator Edwards.
At the close of the event, Elizabeth graciously thanked everyone for coming and stayed around for additional questions, photos, and anything else the blogging community needed. She was a blogger’s dream, catering to each of our questions, and she likely returned home to her own computer to respond to each of them.
Other Coverage: Huffington Post | Front Row Seat (Blog) | YouTube (Poetry Reading
November 19, 2007
Described as “one of Washington’s finest thinkers,” the New Hampshire Institute of Politics was happy to welcome E.J. Dionne as a senior research fellow for the 2008 New Hampshire Primary, quickly deploying him to guest lecture in a number of classes. Dionne began his career in political journalism at The New York Times, where he wrote for 14 years. He then moved to The Washington Post in 1993, and has remained there since. Drafting a biweekly column that appears in more than 90 newspapers both in the United States and around the world, Dionne has penned several columns this fall from his office at the NHIOP. In addition to his duties at Saint Anselm College, Dionne is also a Brookings Institution senior research fellow and Georgetown University professor
This podcast features a public lecture delivered by Dionne on November 5, 2007, that addresses the history of the New Hampshire Primary, and it’s current role in American politics. Following his lecture, Dionne took a number of questions from the audience on topics including the affect that the lengthening campaign has on voters, the media, and the candidates themselves.
November 18, 2007
In this podcast, we feature part two of a phone interview with Saint Anselm History Professor Beth Salerno who is spending this academic year in South Korea as part of the Fulbright Scholar program. Read more
November 15, 2007
In this second podcast from the recent Impact ‘08 event held at the NHIOP, we feature a major policy address delivered by presidential candidate, and U.S. Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware. With an emphasis on the current situation in Pakistan, Senator Biden offers his remarks on U.S. foreign engagement, focusing on what he describes as “reengaging America in the world.”
Impact ‘08 New Hampshire, presented by The Center for U.S. Global Engagement took place at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on November 8, 2007. The forum, designed to foster a greater understanding about America’s role in the world has been holding events in key early-election states to unite business, civic, faith-based and military leaders. The New Hampshire event featured remarks from presidential candidates Governor Bill Richardson (N.M.) and Senator Joseph Biden (DE).
Photo by Brian Wozniack