WBEZ | presidential election http://www.wbez.org/tags/presidential-election Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Presidential candidates vie for key voting blocs http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/presidential-candidates-vie-key-voting-blocs-100374 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Obama%20Romney%20flickr.jpg" title="(Flickr/Cain and Todd Benson)" /></div><p>With less than five months to go, the presidential campaigns are focused on capturing the voting blocs that can help tip the scales in their favor come November. Last week, the Obama campaign zeroed in on women, releasing a new TV ad highlighting the president&rsquo;s commitment to equal pay for women.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ayILjfYs7xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Political media strategist <a href="http://www.thekingofsteeltown.com/" target="_blank">Chris Sautter</a> specializes in ads like this one&mdash;in fact, in 2008, he was writing and producing ads for President Obama&rsquo;s campaign. After meeting with one of the re-election campaign&rsquo;s chief architects, senior strategist David Axelrod, Monday morning, Sautter helped <em>Afternoon Shift</em> break down the key voting blocs for Obama and Romney&rsquo;s respective campaigns. Also in on the discussion was <a href="http://lennymcallister.com/" target="_blank">Lenny McAllister</a>, senior contributor to <a href="http://politic365.com/" target="_blank">Politic 365</a> and longtime conservative political personality.</p><p><em>Afternoon Shift</em> asked the experts to identify the key demographics for each candidate and here&rsquo;s what they had to say.</p><p><strong>Chris Sautter:</strong><br />Obama&#39;s basic coalition is women, Hispanics, African Americans, and upper income voters; his voting blocks--women, Hispanics, African Americans, and upper income voters.</p><p>Romney voting blocks--white men, white middle income voters, white non-college. Romney is obviously trying to break up the Obama 2008 winning coalition by making in-roads with women, Hispanics, and upper income voters. Republicans seem to have given up on African American voters.</p><p><strong>Obama</strong></p><ul><li>President Obama must convincingly win the women&#39;s vote</li><li>President Obama must maintain a 2.5-to-1 to 3-to-1 advantage on Gov. Romney with the Latino vote (currently about 65% to 35% or so towards Mr. Obama)</li><li>President Obama needs at least two of the &quot;big 3&quot; swing states in the South (Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina)</li></ul><p><strong>Romney</strong></p><ul><li>Governor Romney must win the working class, blue-collar conservative (both Republican and Democrat) vote in areas including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Iowa</li><li>Governor Romney must eclipse the level of votes that John McCain did with Latinos in 2008 (thus the need to put Rubio on the ticket to secure a win in the battleground state of Florida)</li><li>Governor Romney must convincingly with the middle-class, 2-parent, suburban vote (65% - 35% or more) to offset his potential losses with Latinos (66% - 33% Obama) and African-Americans (94% - 6% Obama) in key battleground urban states (e.g., Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan)</li></ul><p>What do you think? Join the conversation at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. <strong>Call (312) 923-9239</strong> or find us on Twitter at <strong>#AfternoonShift.</strong><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/presidential-candidates-vie-key-voting-blocs-100374 A dead heat leading up to Peru's presidential election http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-31/dead-heat-leading-perus-presidential-election-87231 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-31/Humala.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The presidential race in Peru is a dead heat. Peruvian writer and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has compared the election to deciding between "cancer and AIDS."</p><p>The runoff pits Ollanta Humala, the ultranationalist who lost in 2006 to current president Alan Garcia, against Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of jailed former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori.</p><p>The only debate of the campaign was last weekend, and Keiko has emerged with a very slight lead.</p><p><a href="http://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/program/scholarships/current/2008/albertovergarapaniagua" target="_blank">Alberto Vergara</a>, a doctoral candidate in Latin American politics at the University of Montreal, joins us to discuss Peru’s presidential election.</p></p> Tue, 31 May 2011 17:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-31/dead-heat-leading-perus-presidential-election-87231 Possible GOP presidential contender visits Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/2012city-club-chicago/possible-gop-presidential-contender-visits-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//108639518.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some potential Republican Presidential hopefuls are commemorating President Reagan's 100<sup>th</sup> birthday by heading to Illinois. Reagan was born in Tampico, Ill and spent most of his childhood in Dixon, Ill. One of those Republicans is Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota. He took a break from touring for his new book, &ldquo;Courage to Stand&rdquo; to give a campaign-like address to the City Club of Chicago.</p> <div>Despite being on President Obama&rsquo;s home turf, Pawlenty said he's not intimidated by Chicago or the rest of the predominantly Democratic state.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;This is a hugely important city in a hugely important state,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And if you want to get a pulse on what&rsquo;s going on in the country you gotta see the whole country and that includes Chicago and certainly includes Illinois.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pawlenty discussed the challenges he faced as a Republican governor in a historically blue state. He also focused his speech on the need to reduce government spending, reform health care and simplify the tax code, which he called a &ldquo;ridiculous, awful system.&rdquo; &nbsp;He said he will make a decision in the next few months on whether he will enter the 2012 presidential race. Meanwhile former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich is also in Illinois today. He is promoting his new book and documentary about Ronald Reagan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 22:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2012city-club-chicago/possible-gop-presidential-contender-visits-chicago