Gov. Bill Richardson Speaks on Global Leadership

November 15, 2007

N.M. Gov. Bill RichardsonThe New Hampshire Institute of Politics recently hosted Impact ‘08 New Hampshire, presented by The Center for U.S. Global Engagement. 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).

In this podcast, we feature remarks from Governor Bill Richardson, with WMUR-TV anchor Tom Griffith serving as moderator. Governor Richardson, citing his foreign policy experience, issues a call for change and discusses global leadership, national security, the economy, and offers comments on the upcoming primary and election.

Photo by Brian Wozniak

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Lilly Wahl-Tuco ‘99 Working in U.S. Foreign Service

November 9, 2007

Lilly in ParisWhen Lilly Wahl-Tuco was a senior here at Saint Anselm College, she never dreamed that she would one day be the assistant to the U.S. ambassador to France. Graduating in 1999, she went on to work with non-governmental organizations in the Manchester area and eventually went to Bosnia to pursue graduate studies. Though she began seriously considering working in the foreign service during her time in Bosnia, she credits Saint Anselm with launching her into NGO work through volunteering and internship opportunities.

Lilly passed the rigorous foreign service test and got her first appointment in Paris, France. After doing consular work for a few months, she was promoted to be the special assistant to U.S. Ambassador Craig Roberts Stapleton.

In this podcast, I ask Lilly all about this seemingly dream job. She talks about the politicians and celebrities that she comes into contact with on a daily basis working at “post” (the American Embassy). She also talks about learning French and what its like to walk by the Eiffel Tower on her way to work every day.

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Rudy Giuliani Cites His Experience During Visit

November 5, 2007

Mayor Rudy GiulianiThe New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College played host to Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani in a town-hall style forum. Mayor Giuliani spoke at length to a packed auditorium and full press section about his views and hopes for the future of America, then engaged in a question and answer session with students and the public.

Giuliani used his speech to talk about the importance of experience in a presidential candidate, highlighting his time spent as mayor of New York City. He explains how his life experiences would aid his presidential responsibilities.

Mayor Rudy GiulianiHe describes what he would look for in a vice-presidential running mate by giving an anecdote about his breakfast with former President Ronald Reagan on the morning he was shot, and explaining how that experience would impact his choice.

Mayor Giuliani made a point of talking about “doing the things that everyone thinks are impossible,” and how he plans to accomplish them, both in domestic and international affairs.

Photos by Brian Wozniak

Media Coverage: Flickr Photos | Union Leader | Boston Globe | WBZ-TV | NECN

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NHIOP Poll: Romney, Clinton Leading Among Likely Voters

November 2, 2007

Cross-posted on New Hampshire Institute of Politics Web Site

If the New Hampshire Primary were held today, Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton would win solidly. That is the finding of a poll being presented today by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

Sponsored by the institute, the poll surveyed 1,514 likely primary voters in New Hampshire.With 43 percent support, Hillary Clinton commanded a 21-point lead over her nearest rival, Barack Obama, who polled at 22 percent. The third-place candidate was John Edwards, with 14 percent.

Clinton polled strongly across genders, religions and age groups. She made a greater showing among 18-to-29-year-olds than Obama, who has been portrayed as the candidate of young people.The poll shows Romney with a nearly 11-point lead over the second place candidate, Rudy Giuliani, among likely Republican primary voters. Fred Thomson showed only 5 percent support.

Romney also polled well across religious groups, indicating that in New Hampshire the former Massachusetts governor’s Mormon religion is not an issue. Romney showed strong support among women, with 37 percent saying they would vote for him, compared to 29 percent of men.While Romney and Clinton pulled a majority among likely primary voters of their respective parties, the picture is mixed among undeclared voters. More than 40 percent of voters who identified themselves as undeclared said they were still unsure if they would vote in the Democratic or Republican primary. At the same time, 41 percent of undeclared voters said they would vote in Democratic primary and 19 percent in the Republican contest.

“While the patterns remain consistent, the data suggests there is still indecisiveness among likely voters in New Hampshire,” said Michael Dupre, Ph.D., senior fellow at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Dupre designed and coordinated the poll, which was executed by SRBI Research in New York City. The survey was conducted by telephone from Oct. 15 to 21. The margin of error for the entire sample is approximately 2.6 percent. The margin of error for subgroups is 4.1 percent for Democrats, 4.5 percent for Republicans, and 4.8 percent for undecided voters.

For a poll executive summary, data, presentation, and methodology, visit the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Web site.

Original release authored by Barbara LeBlanc, director of news and information, Saint Anselm College

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