Weekly roundup: Campaign 2012 newsmakers

February 10th, 2012

Below is a sampling of quotes by BU experts on the road to power:

Is Rick Santorum ready to play ball? (PoliticoArena): “What this means is that Mitt Romney is what his former venture capital firm would call a bad investment.” Tom Whalen, Associate Professor Social Sciences, College of General Studies

Welcome back, culture wars (and Rick Santorum) (CNN.com’s Belief Blog): “So much for the cease-fire in the culture wars.” Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion, College of Arts & Sciences

Ann Romney: the metamorphosis of a politician’s wife (Globe and Mail): “In the past there was this idea that the Romneys were this golden couple, they had it all. How can you root for someone that has it all? In this race, she has opened up about her health struggles. Since then it’s been onwards and upwards for her image. She’s really learned from her mistakes.” Tom Whalen

Campaign 2012: Is Ron Paul still a factor in GOP race? (Professor Voices): Tom Whalen discusses Ron Paul’s role in the GOP race for the White House.

Is Rick Santorum ready to play ball? (PoliticoArena): “Winning in Minnesota and Missouri, and possibly in Colorado, hardly qualifies Santorum as being “back with a bang.”  More like a “pop” and eventually to be a whimper.” Tom Fiedler, Dean of the College of Communication

Jobs report boosts Obama (Boston Herald): “It’s not a game-changer for Obama yet, but if we witness consistent job growth between now and Election Day, that’s going to improve his position dramatically.” Bruce Schulman, Chair, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences

Mitt Romney uses Tom Brokaw in a political ad (WGBH-TV “Greater Boston”): “What I find interesting about this is the irony that in a Republican primary where if you went out and talked to many Republicans, it would always be don’t believe anything you see in the press, the liberal media will lie to you all the time.” Tom Fiedler

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