Did 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.
During 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.
During 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.
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?”
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.
It's hard to believe, but after five of the longest days I can remember,we're done with the debates — for now. The candidates have departed, the media is packing, and even the CNN folks are starting to tear down their extensive array here in the media center. Although Anderson Cooper is still live on the network, the majority of the CNN folks are moving through the Cushing Student Center where a reception is being held for all of those involved in the production.
Before returning here to blog, I made a quick stop at the reception, and was greeted by the CNN executives, technical workers and on-air journalists who have been so welcoming and helpful over the past week. It seems impossible, but in about a day over 300 staff will pack up and dissapear, moving on to new assignments around the country, and around the world.