EVANSTON, Ill. --- The following Northwestern University professors are available to discuss the upcoming Oct. 9 presidential debate.
Jaime Dominguez is a lecturer in the department of political science and the Latino/a studies program. His research interests include race and ethnicity, coalition politics and urban and minority politics. He can be reached at (mobile) 312-375-4868 or [email protected].
Quote from Professor Dominguez:“This debate will center on foreign policy, particularly immigration, and the issue of taxes connected to this phenomenon. I expect Clinton to make it a point that governance and policy proposals -- especially law enforcement and military matters -- require financial resources. By skirting his responsibility of paying taxes, Trump has very little if any credibility on this issue. This really goes to the heart of Trump’s campaign platform of patriotism -- 85 percent of the public believe paying taxes is a civic responsibility -- and to his stance on immigration, with undocumented immigrants contributing more than 18 billion in taxes, the very folks he wants to deport. Hillary will make it a point to speak directly to suburban middle-class white women voters on these issues, reforming the health care system, etc.”
Thomas Ogorzalek is an assistant professor of political science. His research interests include American politics, urban politics and politics of race and ethnicity. He can be reached at 847-997-3448 or [email protected].
Quote from Professor Ogorzalek:“As the polling projections have tightened up, it has become more apparent that it is largely a race about, well, race. In recent decades, very few politicians have so openly embraced explicitly racist or ethnocentric rhetoric, policy proposals and allies, as is the case with Trump’s campaign. He is taking a strategic position that the U.S. has not come quite as far as many would hope in living up to its egalitarian ideals. Clinton, in seeking to consolidate and build upon President Obama’s winning coalition, has made the opposite argument -- that discrimination based on race, creed, sex, sexual orientation and national origin is both wrong and un-American. These issues strike at the core of modern democracy and our national identity, so if they come up -- and they should -- it will be interesting to see how explicitly Trump embraces these positions or his supporters who voice them.”
Laurel Harbridge Yong is an associate professor in political science. Her teaching and research focuses on partisan conflict and the lack of bipartisan agreement in American politics. She can be reached at (office) 847-467-1147 or l-[email protected].
Quote from Professor Harbridge: “In the second debate, many will be looking to see if Trump can improve on his performance and not be as easily baited by Clinton. The format will also be different, and it will be interesting to see how each candidate does in the town hall format. Can they go on the attack as easily? Following the VP debate, I also wonder how Trump will respond to Pence’s performance, to either the idea that Pence is a better debater or that Pence took issue positions that have not been given by Trump previously. Will Trump take Pence’s lead to reassure the conservative base?”
Alvin B. Tillery Jr. is an associate professor of political science. His research and teaching interests are in the fields of American politics and political theory. His research in American politics focuses on American political development, racial and ethnic politics and media and politics. He can be reached at (mobile) 574-514-5758 or [email protected].
Jason DeSanto, senior lecturer at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, is an expert in American presidential debates and speeches. He has taught acclaimed courses in public advocacy, speechwriting and political communication, including the history and practice of presidential debates. He can be contacted at (mobile) 312-961-2356 or [email protected].