Thursday, September 6, 2012
10-11 am PT/1-2 pm ET
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Contact in Pasadena: Joe Armstrong - 773-263-7337
1:06 – 1:19
Clinton, Frank and Warren maintain DNC tone with second night of speeches
It’s appointment television: Bill Clinton making a big political speech. And the segments of the population who now unabashedly love the 42nd President are now key voting blocs in the 2012 campaign. If Clinton alone wasn’t a big enough draw, the most prominent gay politician in the United States also made an appearance last night. Representative Barney Frank, the first member of Congress to voluntarily reveal his homosexuality and to marry someone of the same gender while in office, shared his views with the crowd at the Time Warner Cable arena. Rep. Frank has announced he will retire from Congress at the end of his current term. As Rep. Frank ends one chapter of public service, Elizabeth Warren continues striving to start a new chapter as she runs to be elected as a U.S. Senator. How did the popular former president fare in making the case for Barack Obama, a man with whom he has enjoyed a complex and sometimes less-than-friendly relationship? Did Elizabeth Warren and Barney Frank help the Democratic message, or turn off potential swing voters with familiar, tired rhetoric?
1:21 – 1:30
The Asian vote in 2012
There are over 14 million people of Asian descent in the U.S., according to the 2010 Census. That means any cohesive bloc of similarly-voting Asians could have a big sway in who wins the presidency. What are the key issues for Asian-American voters? Are there specific strategies and talking points the Democrats are using to court the Asian vote? What have the GOP done to reach out to the various Asian voting communities?
Judy Chu, (D) U.S. Representative for California's 32nd congressional district
Tanzila Ahmed, Voter Engagement Manager for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Eugene Lee, voting rights Staff Attorney for Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC).
Rising stars in the Democratic Party: Kamala Harris
The Democratic Party has made it clear that the goal the convention is to define the election as “a choice between…an economy built to last for middle class Americans or a return to the failed policies of…tax breaks for the wealthy.” Convention speakers have been chosen to make this as obvious as possible, including California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, known for her pivotal role in the National Mortgage Settlement. Does talking about the economy put the Democrats in a bad light considering where the country is at economically? Or does it force people to examine the economic plans for both parties?
Kamala Harris, attorney general, California
1:41:30 – 1:58
The female factor: How are women and women’s issues being addressed at the DNC?
Democrats and Republicans are undeniably divided on many issues, but none are more divisive than issues related to reproductive rights. This divergence became more prevalent in 2012 as the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act withstood the test of the U.S. Supreme Court and became more firmly implemented. Provisions for free contraception became the center of a heated debate over mandated preventive health care policies for women. Some Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, even accused Republicans of waging a so-called ‘War on Women.’ Listen in as Patt examines how women’s issues have impacted the 2012 election cycle and how they are being addressed at the DNC. How do you think the ‘War on Women’ controversy will influence voters in November? Do Democrats have more women voters in their corner?
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America
4:06 – 4:19 - OPEN
4:21:30 – 4:30
Richard Schiff of ‘West Wing’ chimes in about political fiction vs. reality
Actor Richard Schiff from West Wing fame is always being asked about politics. "I get interviewed all the time [about politics] and I don't know why. It's kind of the equivalent of asking Anthony Edwards to do your surgery," he told the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. For as poignant as Schiff’s comments are, there has been the disturbing trend of Hollywood and DC crossing paths culminating last week in Clint Eastwood’s appearance at the Republican National Convention. It truly begs the question of how much of politics is real when put in the hands of Hollywood? Is the line between political fiction and reality being blurred by this trend?
Richard Schiff, actor, received an Emmy Award for his work on NBC’s political drama West Wing
4:30 - 4:39
Multi generational voters being represented this year at the DNC
There is an 80 year gap between the youngest and oldest delegate at the Democratic National Convention. Sam Gray is a 17 year old from the great state of Iowa. His counterpart is Elzena Johnson of Mississippi who turns 98 this month. These delegates serve as a powerful reminder of the multi generational voters who both the Republicans and Democrats expect to turn out for November’s election. Whether you are a baby boomer or a millennial, both parties are strategizing to get all generations out to vote. Mitt Romney chose Generation X’s Paul Ryan to perhaps help grab the Gen Xer vote, however, the age gap between him and President Obama is not much. Who do you think will have the edge when it comes to getting multi generations to come out and vote? Will it make a difference come November?
Stephen Sherman, California’s oldest delegate, 91 years old, african-american WWII vet
Trestan Fair, California’s youngest delegate; he will turn 18 on the day before Election Day
4:41:30 – 4:58:30
Who will win the youth vote in 2012?
American citizens born by November 6, 1994 will be eligible to vote in this year’s presidential election, but even those youths born before that date are paying attention to our political process. The youth vote usually leans to the left, but Republicans are heavily courting this voting bloc in 2012. President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for the White House fairly revolutionized how political parties reach out to young voters with its strong and far-reaching network and use of the Internet to reach tech-savvy voters - and 2012 is no different. Mitt Romney has stepped up his youth ground game and both candidates have smart phone apps available, with Romney’s campaign opting to announce its pick of Paul Ryan for vice president via their app. Youth voters see America differently and they’re far less concerned about traditionally Republican issues like gay marriage and abortion. And because they’ve come of age in a post-Great Recession world, jobs and employment are hot button issues. Are you a young voter? Which candidate best represents your view of the future of America?
Heather Smith, president, Rock the Vote
Rod Synder, President of the Young Democrats of America
Janet Lopez, 17, senior at Dorsey High School, student body president
Andrea Excellent, 17, senior at Dorsey High School, student body vice president
Jesus Romo, 16, senior at Venice High School, member of student leadership class
Roxanne Echavarria, 17, senior at Venice High School, member of student leadership class
Nathan Kandouw, 17, senior at University High School, member of student leadership class
Kendal Schutt, 16, senior at University High School, member of student leadership class
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