Weekly roundup: BU experts on campaign ads, religion in politics, & gas prices

February 24th, 2012

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

Ron Paul has the dude vote (NECN): John Carroll, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, College of Communication, rates the latest round of campaign ads.

Obama’s religious views in question? (PoliticoArena): “Regardless of the politics, it’s an outrageous smearing of President Obama’s character by a self-appointed religion czar whose narrow-minded brand of Christianity is not exactly shared by mainstream Americans.” Tom Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Science, College of General Studies

Mock jobs funeral takes aim at Romney, Bain Capital (WCVB-TV): “They’re not stressing economic issues here. They’re stressing social-conservative issues and one’s religious faith, and I think Mitt can be fairly safe from that kind of attack from the Democrats and labor unions.” Tom Whalen

You Decide 2012: The politics of gas prices (WFXT-TV): “People don’t want excuses. They want answers and they want a lower price at the pump.” Tom Whalen

Why should Santorum decide who’s a real Christian? (CNN.com “Belief Blog): “There has been much chatter in recent days about the reinjection of religious matters into the presidential campaign, with a focus on the increasingly bitter debate over Catholics and contraception.” Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion, College of Arts & Sciences

Santorum attacks Obama’s ‘theology’ (CNN-TV): “I think he’s questioning the president’s Christianity. I think you know, we all know what race codes are. What we have here is a kind of new religion code where you say the guy doesn’t have a biblical Christianity, he has a phony theology, and then you back off. Evangelicals, who he’s appealing to here, understand very clearly what he’s saying, and what he’s saying very clearly to them is Obama is not a Christian.” Stephen Prothero

New poll gives Brown slight edge over Warren (Lowell Sun): “Warren has come out of the box really looking as the candidate for the bluest of the blue, for the Democrats, despite her message that she’s the fighter for the 99 percent. Brown got elected and has aggressively continued to communicate that he is an independent voice for Massachusetts voters and then in a whisper, ‘Oh, by the way, he’s a Republican.’ ” Tobe Berkovitz, Associate Professor of Advertising, College of Communication

Obama inches closer to midnight rules (Roll Call): “The unseemly appearance of Midnight Rulemaking may be worse than the reality. Proposals to prohibit outgoing administrations from promulgating rules in the Midnight Period represent a cure that is likely to be worse than the disease.” Jack Beerman, Professor of Law, School of Law

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