Weekly roundup: BU experts weigh in on the likeability factor of candidates, Romney at NAACP, and young voters

July 13th, 2012

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

“Shaking hands…making them feel that they are your best friend and that’s a certain talent.” (Greg’s List: Liking – or disliking – presidential candidates; NECN)
Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

“It was probably staged that way. This was Daniel going into the lions.” (Politicians take to the NAACP; NECN)
Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

“At a time when at an election 50 percent turnout is considered a near miracle, I think it’s great that you have a group of young people wanting to participate in the Democratic process.” (‘Vote 17’ movement pushing for teen voice in local elections; FoxNews.com)
Tom Whalen

“There is a core movement in Massachusetts around accountability and responsibility, and Mitt Romney was a vocal advocate for that. But he certainly wasn’t new in that field. He spoke to those issues as governor, but what is more commonly understood here in Massachusetts is that he was not effective in building coalitions in bringing (his policy objectives) to bear.” (Romney’s record on education includes successes, failures; Washington Times)
Hardin Coleman, School of Education

“Voters who are being exposed to the bombardment of ads feel like they’re in the game. They have front-row seats for the presidential campaign.” (Swing states poll: Amid barrage of ads, Obama has edge; USA Today)
Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

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