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Road to the Presidency: Election Aftermath

Part of the Road to the Presidency speaker series from the Center for Political Communication at UD, “Election Aftermath” features a candid discussion by UD alumni David Plouffe and Steve Schmidt on the just-completed 2012 Presidential election campaign, facilitated by Ralph Begleiter.

Delaware Diamonds Society members were invited to attend this special event. If you were unable to attend the event, or wish to watch it again, view the video below.

David Plouffe managed Barack Obama’s successful 2008 presidential campaign and now serves as one of his Senior Advisors. Plouffe began his political career working for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin’s 1990 re-election campaign, and has since been a part of large range of campaigns at the state and federal level. From 1997 to 1998, Plouffe worked in the House of Representatives as Democratic leader Dick Gephardt’s Deputy Chief of Staff. A native of Delaware, Plouffe is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

Steve Schmidt is a top Republican political strategist and commentator for MSNBC. He was chief strategist for GOP presidential contender John McCain in 2008. He is vice chairman for public affairs of Edelman, one of the world’s largest public relations firms. Before serving in McCain’s presidential campaign, Schmidt was campaign manager for the re-election of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and a strategist in President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004. He was a political science major at the University of Delaware.

Ralph Begleiter directs the Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware, and teaches journalism and political science, including the University’s annual Global and National Agenda courses and speaker series. During the 1980s and 1990s, he was CNN’s world affairs correspondent. He has worked in 100 countries and on all seven continents.

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