Weekly roundup: BU experts on Romney, Obama, Elizabeth Warren, & political ads

June 1st, 2012

election-sub2-2012Below is a sampling of quotes by BU experts on the road to power:

Insight: As governor, Romney picked winners and losers of his own (Reuters): “That’s what governors do – they have to pick winners and losers. It’s a calculated risk that governors and state politicians take in an effort to get jobs.” Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Dem underdog’s message for Elizabeth Warren… (Boston Herald): “It’s a Hail Mary pass, but I suppose if I were in her shoes, I would do the same. If you want a really strong showing in the primary, you need to have a serious debate to puncture holes in her arguments. If Elizabeth Warren turns down the debates, it looks bad like she is shirking…She’s caught in a tough situation. The state Democratic Party looks bad, like how can they allow this to happen?” Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Despite apparent courtship of Latino voters, Mitt Romney still faces wide voting gap (Boston Globe): “One hypothesis – and I hope I’m wrong about this – is he may be writing off the Latino vote.” David Scott Palmer, College of Arts & Sciences

Elizabeth Warren stays mum on heritage, affirmative action (Boston Herald): “She’s playing a basic political game here. When dealing with a controversy, you ignore it all together.” Tom Whalen

Trump Fundraiser Tonight Carries Political Risk for Mitt Romney (Bloomberg): “There’s no real advantage for Romney to appear with Trump. Anything Trump does is to benefit Trump. At this point, it’s not like Romney needs publicity.” Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Home field disadvantage: Romney’s winning map excludes Massachusetts (Washington Times): “Maybe he ran for office in the wrong state. The positions he had in Massachusetts are coming back to bite him because he had to take liberal-to-moderate positions, because we are a moderate-to-liberal state.” Tom Whalen

Obama team struggles to find 2012 reelection campaign theme (The Hill): “It’s a problem because in 2008 he had an absolute winner of a slogan in ‘hope and change.’ It said it all, and the things that he has tried so far this time haven’t worked in the same way.” Tobe Berkovitz

Broadside: Campaign ad watch (NECN): John Carroll, College of Communication, breaks down most recent political ads.

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