Presidential Election 2016: GOP Primary Debates Should be More Like American Idol – Lara Brown

Political Science

“Beyond the clear advantage of activists having an early say in which candidates should move up in the rankings, these contests would serve as early indicators of each campaign’s technological savvy and messaging prowess. Further, this game-show sort of staging would likely draw more Americans into following the nomination race. And increased engagement and participation in the presidential primaries would be a good thing for our democracy.” – Lara Brown

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Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., is an associate professor and the program director of the Political Management Program in the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, and the author of Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants.  She also served in President William J. Clinton’s administration at the U.S. Department of Education. Follow her on Twitter: @LaraMBrownPHD.


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