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How Today's Republicans Differ From Teddy Roosevelt, Nelson Rockefeller

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Whether it’s Donald Trump’s call to bar Muslims from coming into the United States, or Ted Cruz’s call to abolish the IRS or carpet bomb ISIS, today’s Republicans sound very different from the Republicans of the past – particularly two who had roots in New York.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young visits Sagamore Hill, the former home of Theodore Roosevelt, and speaks with SUNY political science professor Gerald Benjamin about how different today’s Republicans are from Teddy Roosevelt, who was president from 1901 to 1909, and Nelson Rockefeller, who was vice president from 1974 to 1977 and New York governor from 1959 to 1973.


  • Gerald Benjamin, political science professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. He’s also director and associate vice president for regional engagement at The Benjamin Center.
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