With a tight election on the line, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off Monday at their first presidential debate, a battle emerging as the most hotly anticipated moment in modern US political history. An audience rivaling that of the Super Bowl -- perhaps around 100 million Americans -- will be glued to televisions, smart phones and social media when the rivals rip off the gloves at 9 pm ET. The debate marks a rare shared experience for a country deeply divided along political lines and fragmented in the media they consume. (CNN)
Barry Eidlin, Dept. of Sociology, McGill University
He’s interested in talking about the ways in which the election reflects frustration with growing income inequality, the role of class in shaping the electoral race, and how the race is reflecting tension within the party system, and could lead to re-structuring of the Democratic and Republican Party coalitions.
Barry.Eidlin [at] mcgill.ca, (514) 826-2339. (English, French)
Andrew Potter, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Op-ed in the National Post: “Clinton’s failing because she doesn’t have a story to tell”, http://news.nationalpost.com/news/andrew-potter-clintons-failing-because...
Andrew.potter2 [at] mcgill.ca, 514-398-3380 (English)
Harold Waller, Dept. of Political Science, McGill University
He can speak about all aspects of the conventions and the election campaign. Particular themes involve electoral strategy, the significance of the vice-presidential choices, the characters of the two presidential candidates, and comparisons to previous presidential contests.
harold.waller [at] mcgill.ca (514) 398-6435 (English)