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CBS's "Face the Nation" to Broadcast Live From Saint Anselm College This Sunday, Aug. 26

Face the Nation at Saint Anselm CollegeSaint Anselm College is pleased to host Bob Schieffer and the CBS News crew for a special live broadcast of Face the Nation, this Sunday, August 26.

Sen. John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth are this week's guests on the program that will air from Alumni Hall beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST.

Check your local CBS listings for schedule information and be sure to tune in! Then visit the Saint Anselm College Blog for behind-the-scenes photos and reports following the program.

Sen. John Edwards and His Wife ElizabethFor viewers in the Manchester, N.H. or Boston area, Face the Nation can be seen on WBZ-TV 4.

* This will be a closed broadcast and not filmed with a live audience; no tickets will be issued.

Add comment August 23, 2007

Jennifer Donahue: McCain Understands the Granite State

Jennifer Donahue on CNNIn a recent opt-ed published in the Boston Globe, Jennifer Donahue, NHIOP senior advisor for political affairs, wrote about Sen. John McCain's chances in New Hampshire given the recent shake up in his campaign staff.

"Senator John McCain just spent two weekends in a row in New Hampshire. Unlike some of the candidates who didn't run in 2000, he understands two important things about the state's presidential primary contest. One is the importance of the August before the primary. In August 1999, McCain solidified his base in New Hampshire, while George W. Bush all but ignored the state. McCain won the primary, though not the nomination.

The other thing McCain knows is that New Hampshire gives supposedly faltering front-runners a chance to come back. By campaigning intensely in the state, Al Gore effectively stamped Bill Bradley out in August 1999. Similarly, as insurgent Howard Dean focused on Iowa over New Hampshire in August 2003, John Kerry faced frustrated voters in New Hampshire — and ended up winning.

What McCain has in common this year with Gore and Kerry is that the press anointed all three as front-runners before the campaign began. The expectations for such "early favorites" are often based on polls taken so early that only the candidates with existing name recognition place well.

These expectations are also impossible to meet. As obscure candidates become known and gain a little ground in the polls, it suddenly looks as though the front-runner is in free fall. The money race is then affected by the press coverage and poll numbers, which make it harder for the "early favorites" to raise funds."

To read Jennifer Donahue's opt-ed in its entirety, visit

Photo by Doug Minor

Add comment August 23, 2007

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

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

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

June 11, 2007

96.9 FM Talk Takes Over the NHIOP and the Airwaves

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.

June 6, 2007

Boston's 96.9 FM Talk to Provide Post-Debate Analysis June 3 and 5

969Boston's 96.9 FM Talk will be at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) on Sunday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 5 for the Democratic and Republican Presidential Candidates Debates and Post-Analysis live remote broadcasts.

People are invited to stop by and watch the the debates, 7-9 p.m. on both nights on two big screens and then participate in 96.9's post-debate analysis, immediately following, 9-11 p.m. both nights. If you can't be at the NHIOP, the debates will be carried live on 96.9 FM Talk, courtesy of CNN.

Immediately following the Democratic Debate on Sunday, June 3, from 9-11 p.m., the live broadcast, post-debate analysis, will be hosted by Margery Eagan, Jim Braude, and Jay Severin.

Following the Republican Debate on Tuesday, June 5, from 9-11 p.m., the live broadcast, post-debate analysis, will be hosted by Jay Severin and Michael Graham.

Seating is limited for both events and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors will open at 6 p.m. both nights.

May 31, 2007

From CNN: Saint Anselm Plays Big Role in New Hampshire Politics

Saint Anselm College's own Anne Botteri was quoted on regarding the college's prominent role in presidential and local politics. An excerpt of the story is included below. For the complete story, visit the CNN Web site.

(CNN) — A small Catholic college in New Hampshire is about to take center stage for presidential candidates hoping to woo voters during next month's presidential debates.

Already, the 2,000 students who attend Saint Anselm College are tripping over the presidential candidates as they make their way to classes.

"It is not even a little unlikely that a student at this college would meet the next president of the United States, not once, but as many as three or four times in an election cycle," said Anne Botteri, executive director of the school's New Hampshire Institute of Politics. "And that's a pretty exciting thing if you think about it."

The college is about 10 minutes from the airport in Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city, making it an attractive destination for candidates hoping to make a name for themselves in the nation's first 2008 presidential primary.

"My philosophy is if they want to come, say yes," Botteri said. "There are some weeks where we are literally doing things every day, or multiple candidates on the same day at different locations."

Botteri said that Saint Anselm has always been involved in the New Hampshire primary, along with other state and local races.

"The college is really, genuinely committed to rolling out the red carpet and having an all hands on deck mentality here for staff and faculty to welcome this," she said.

CNN is sponsoring the debate, along with WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.

The Democrats will debate on June 3 and Republican hopefuls will square off on June 5.

Jane Maxwell, senior vice president CNN Special Events, said the network and its partners chose Saint Anselm partly because of its strong interest in the political process. "They're very enthusiastic, they have ample facilities. It's in Manchester, which obviously is where we want to have it. The campus is lovely," she said.

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May 31, 2007

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