September 4, 2007
Paul Manuel, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, helped put presidential politics in perspective for CBS News, which was in New Hampshire covering the heavy campaign traffic over the Labor Day weekend.
He appeared the CBS News Sunday evening, Sept. 2, and on The Early Show Monday morning, Sept. 3.
August 29, 2007
Jennifer Donahue, NHIOP senior advisor, recently was featured in a Washington Post article and video. The video and an excerpt of the article is included below. The full article is available online (registration may be required).
Military Moms May Be a Force at the Polls
One of the foremost experts on politics in the Granite State thinks she has found the next critical constituency: military moms.
“She would typically be a Republican who is not against war and is not necessarily against this war — or at least may have supported it when it began,” Jennifer Donahue, senior adviser for political affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, said over sodas at the Red Arrow Diner last week.
The military mom — who has either a child or a husband who is serving — is disenchanted with the war. The question is: Will she shift allegiance to support a Democrat, or is she looking for an independent-minded Republican? Full Article >>
August 28, 2007
Sam Brownback, Kansas senator and 2008 presidential candidate will hold a forum with Social Security reform advocate William Shipman on Tuesday, September 4, from 12-1 p.m. in NHIOP Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1994, Brownback represents the Second District of Kansas. In 1996, the people of Kansas elected Sam Brownback as their 32nd U.S. Senator, filling out the unexpired term of Sen. Bob Dole. In 1998, he won a full six-year term, and was reelected to a second term in November 2004.
Shipman is chairman of CarriageOaks Partners, LLC a Massachusetts-based consulting firm specializing in retirement finance. An advocate of Social Security reform in the United States, Shipman has testified before the House Ways and Means Sub-Committee on Social Security and co-authored Promises to Keep: Saving Social Security’s Dream. He is Co-Chairman of the Cato Project on Social Security Choice, and was on the National Advisory Board of “Americans Discuss Social Security,” a nonprofit organization funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts to generate informed debate on the issue. He also served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Social Security.
Courtesy of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics
August 27, 2007
The Saint Anselm campus was seemingly deserted as I left my dorm at 6:15 Sunday morning to meet Bob Schieffer and his producer at their hotel to bring them back to campus for the interview with Senator John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth. I served as the runner for the crew for the day, a job that requires one always to be close at hand for an assignment, but never in the way of the action.
And such was the case: from locating a variety of local and national newspapers before 7 a.m to tracking down a few bottles of Diet Coke minutes before the Edwards campaign caravan arrived on campus, I was afforded a front row seat to the action, and a truly unique understanding of what goes into producing the interview that you may have seen on your television Sunday morning.
I joined the crew outside Alumni Hall during the 7 a.m. hour to pre-tape the introduction and closing commentary to the program. I stood alongside the crew behind the camera as Bob Schieffer read his narration, introducing the broadcast from “historic Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.” During the 8 a.m. hour, I was called upon to sit in for a camera check, and was placed in the seat that Senator Edwards would occupy shortly thereafter. By 9 a.m. we welcomed Senator Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards, and were making final preparations for the live broadcast. Shortly after 10:30 a.m. I walked from the site of the live interview and into Father Jonathan’s office where campaign and college staff had gathered around a TV to watch the interview being seen around the country.
In a slightly surreal atmosphere, we watched the interview as it occurred only 20 feet away. Thirty minutes passed quickly, and the show came to a close. Ushering the senator and his wife outside with other staff, we prepared for our final challenge: getting the Edwards motorcade back to Saint Anselm Drive against the flow of traffic entering the campus for move-in day. With a little luck, and a suggestion that the Edwards van drive onto the lawn, we were able to get them back to their campaign bus, and on their way to the next campaign event to be held minutes later in Manchester.
And in less than an hour the cameras were gone, the cables were coiled back into the satellite truck, and the crew was on their way to the airport. As they departed we exchanged handshakes, business cards, and the expectation that we would all see each other again soon.
Photos by Cory True ‘09
August 26, 2007
I had a unique opportunity today to interview one of the nation’s premier political journalists, Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer. To be in the same room to see Schieffer work is one thing, but to be able to sit down and interview him for 20 minutes is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
With a career that spans 50 years, Schieffer is CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and he has covered all four major beats in Washington, including the Whitehouse, the Pentagon, Congress, and the State Department.
He has covered every presidential campaign as well as Democratic and Republican National Conventions since 1972. Schieffer has been to New Hampshire many times over the years to report on the presidential primary and he easily admits his fondness for the important role the New Hampshire Primary holds in presidential politics.
In this interview, Shieffer discusses some of the issues with the current presidential selection system as well as the current state of journalism and how it has changed since he began his career.
Photo by Alex Witkowicz ‘08
August 26, 2007
Thanks to all the students and staff for an early start on this particular Sunday morning, and yet another example of Benedictine hospitality being extended to the media and presidential candidates. Traffic at the main entrance of the college looked a bit like rush hour congestion on an interstate as returning students jostled for momentum in between the Edwards campaign bus and local community members headed to Mass in the Abbey Church.
Father Jonathan’s office was converted to the CBS green room, and students were successful in rounding up a few bottles of Diet Coke for Senator Edwards on a campus that is otherwise fully committed to Pepsi products. The morning’s most memorable moment came when a parent walked into the admission office where Bob Schieffer was working at the reception desk before the broadcast and tried to hand over a check for tuition. Schieffer directed the parent to the business office on the second floor of Alumni Hall, and later commented that he hoped he’d sent that parent in the right direction.
The cables, cameras, and the lights were carefully packed up before CBS producers and Bob Schieffer headed back to Washington. I had not yet made it home when a CBS producer in Washington called to tell me that they were thrilled with Saint Anselm College as a venue for political coverage from New Hampshire, and that she’ll definitely be looking to hire our students for their 2008 election coverage. Who could blame them?
Photos by Alex Witkowicz ‘08