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Romney confirmed as Republican nominee

29 August 2012

Sky News

Voting by delegates on Day 1 of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, has confirmed Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate for 2012. Lecturer Adam Lockyer explains the symbolism of the vote as well as the significance of the conference in the race to the White House. Watch Online

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Ron Paul out of the Republican primary race

15 May 2012

ABC 702 Sydney Evenings

Libertarian candidate Ron Paul has announced that he won't contest the upcoming Republican primaries, switching to a strategy that focuses on the Convention but has confused some supporters. Dr David Smith explains what happened and the mark that Paul has left on the race. Listen Online

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With Gingrich gone, Romney turns to Obama

26 April 2012

ABC Radio Australia Breakfast

Newt Gingrich has announced his intention to pull out of the race for the Republican nomination, leaving the already strong Romney in an unassailable position ahead of the Convention in August. Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor explains why has Gingrich finally pulled out and what that means for the general elections. Listen Online

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Romney wins but can he win over Republicans?

12 April 2012

ABC Radio Australia Connect Asia

The timing may have been a surprise to many but Santorum's withdrawal from the primary contest will nevertheless provide a welcome relief for Mitt Romney heading into the general election. But as Research Associate Tom Switzer notes, many question marks still hang over his head. Can he ignite the base and win over independent voters? Listen Online

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Santorum out but Romney still has a long way to go

12 April 2012

6PR Mornings

Rick Santorum's announcement that he is suspending his campaign may give the Romney camp some much needed momentum, but Dr Adam Lockyer suggests that he still has a long way to go if he wants to wrest the Presidency away from Barack Obama in November. Listen Online

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Romney looks ahead as Santorum drops out

11 April 2012

ABC TV 7:30

The withdrawal of conservative darling Rick Santorum from the race for the Republican nomination marks the end of a long and bitter internal struggle. With Mitt Romney now the presumptive candidate, Chair of US Media Professor James Fallows assesses whether the bruising primaries have helped or hindered his chances against Obama in November. Watch Online

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Santorum withdrawl opens next chapter in election

11 April 2012

ABC Local Radio Perth

A confluence of political and personal reasons have prompted Rick Santorum to end his bid for the White House in 2012. Senior lecturer at the US Studies Centre Dr Harry Melkonian looks at how Santorum got as far as he did, how Romney wrapped up the presumptive nomination and whether we'll see a Republican defeat Obama in November. Listen Online

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The circus is over but the show rolls on

11 April 2012

ABC 702 Sydney Mornings

After a marathon primary campaign, Rick Santorum has pulled out of the race to win the Republican nomination, leaving Mitt Romney as the presumptive nominee for 2012. Research Assosciate Tom Switzer assesses the state of the race and looks ahead to the general election. Listen Online

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Santorum's star rises but not to presidential heights

11 April 2012

Sky Business Market Day

From a position of relative obscurity, Rick Santorum has managed to become a serious contender for the Republican nomination. Research Associate Tom Switzer says his withdrawl today is timely and will ensure his voice is heard in the GOP for years to come. Watch Online

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Game over for Santorum

11 April 2012

Sky News Agenda

Rick Santorum's exit may have cleared the way for Mitt Romney to secure the Republican nomination but US Studies Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett suggests that Romney still looks weak. Job numbers, oil prices and a Supreme Court decision however will make for an enthralling and unpredictable race for the White House. Watch Online

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The end of the beginning for Romney

11 April 2012

ABC News 24

With the 'conservative alternative' Rick Santorum out of the race, Romney must now convince the Republican base that he is the right man to defeat Obama in November. Research Associate Tom Switzer thinks they may be coming around. Watch Online

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Santorum still in control

11 April 2012

CNBC Asia Cash Flow

Mitt Romney may have all but secured the Republican presidential nomination but Rick Santorum's timely exit still gives him some leverage in GOP administration. Lecturer at the US Studies Centre Dr Adam Lockyer discusses what's next for Santorum and the race to the White House. Watch Online

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US-Iran tensions continue post-nuclear summit

29 March 2012

Radio Australia Connect Asia

Iran and its nuclear ambitions continue to be the subject of much foreign affairs angst across the political spectrum. US Studies Centre Research Associate Tom Switzer examines what it means for Obama and the Republican candidates in an election year. Listen Online

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What's next on the US campaign trail?

28 March 2012

Sky Business The Perrett Report

Chair in US Media and Atlantic Correspondent Professor James Fallows talks about the differences between US and Australian politics, the direction of the Republican presidential primaries and his predictions for the general election in November. Watch Online

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Illinois's primary, Jeb Bush's endorsement, and Tim Tebow

25 March 2012

ABC News Radio Inside America

US Studies Centre Research Associate John Barron looks at the latest in American political and cultural news for his weekly ABC News Radio show. This week he talks to Chicago political analyst Paul Lisnek about the recent primary contest in Illinois, Republican strategist Ford O'Connell on Jeb Bush's endorsement of Mitt Romney, and to Sam Chi about the famously devout NFL star Tim Tebow. Listen online

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Does Mitt Romney have trust issues?

23 March 2012

ABC TV Planet America

Gaffe-prone Mitt Romney is now facing another scandal, this time over a statement suggesting his campaign is as changeable as an Etch-A-Sketch. US Studies Centre Lecturer Dr Harry Melkonian talks to John Barron about what it says about Romney and whether it will it affect his chances in the general election. Watch Online

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Romney's electability shines through in Illinois

21 March 2012

ABC TV The Drum

Mitt Romney's win in Illinois may have pushed him closer to the delegate count needed to win the Republican presidential nomination, but the real victory may have been in proving his electability in the suburbs. Research Associate at the US Studies Centre Tom Switzer talks to John Barron about what to look out for over the next few weeks of primary contests. Watch Online

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Romney tries to look presidential on Illinois

21 March 2012

Sky Business

Romney is trying to shift the discussion in the Republican primary away from social issues to the topics he hopes to hammer Obama on in November; jobs and the economy. Dr David Smith analyses whether this rhetorical shift is working. Watch Online

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Santorum second in Illinois but looking ahead

21 March 2012

Sky Business

Santorum may have placed second in the Illinois primary but he is already looking ahead to his home state of Pennsylvania to regain momentum. Dr David Smith assesses the candidates chances after the results in the Land of Lincoln. Watch Online

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Gingrich the biggest loser in the South

14 March 2012

Sky News Lunch Agenda

After coming in third place in both the Alabama and Mississippi primaries, Newt Gingrich's campaign for the White House looks well and truly finished says Dr David Smith. Will he stay in the race? Watch Online

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Expert Super Tuesday panel dissects the Republican primaries

11 March 2012

ABC News Radio Inside America

As part of the US Studies Centre's Super Tuesday event, ABC NewsRadio host John Barron moderated a expert panel including CEO Professor Geoffrey Garrett, Chair in US Media and National Correspondent of The Atlantic Monthly Professor James Fallows and Research Associate and Editor of The Spectator Australia Tom Switzer. What do the Super Tuesday results mean for the Republican candidates and who will win the presidency in November? Listen Online

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Republican insiders all claiming to be outsiders

11 March 2012

ABC Radio National Sunday Extra

The two take-home messages from the recent round of Republican primaries in the US is that this contest will run and run and that you do yourself no harm by accusing your opponent of being an insider. US Studies Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett discusses how close each of the candidates are to Washington interests and asks what the problem is with having some Washington insight. Listen Online

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Wounded Romney limps to uncertain contest with Obama

10 March 2012

The Australian

Mitt Romney's strong showing in the Super Tuesday primaries this week demonstrated that he will almost certainly be the Republican Party's candidate in November's presidential election, but it will be a hard slog to the nomination, says US Studies Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett. Romney will continue over the coming weeks and months as a presumptive nominee searching for momentum, looking weaker as the campaign continues. Nonetheless, even though the economy and President Barack Obama's poll numbers are improving, Republicans believe they still have a chance to win the presidency this year. Read article

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Reporting the Republican primaries

9 March 2012

ABC Radio National Media Report

With the 24 hour media cycle, large partisan news organisations and highly staged managed public appearances by Republican candidates vying for the nomination to take on Obama in November, are we actually getting good journalism on the subject? Chair in US Media & National Correspondent for The Atlantic magazine James Fallows discusses how a combination of money and media are shaping the 2012 US Presidential elections.  Listen Online

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James Fallows analyses a big week in US politics

9 March 2012

ABC TV Planet America

Chair in US Media & National Correspondent for The Atlantic James Fallows talks to John Barron and Chas Licciardello about a big week in US Politics. From Super Tuesday to the threat of Iran and the historical parallels between Obama and Jimmy Carter, Professor Fallows assesses all the key issues affecting the race to the White House in 2012. Watch Online

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What is left of the US right?

9 March 2012

The Canberra Times

It is entirely fair to say in historical terms this Republican primary has been contested by one of the weakest fields in recent memory. The group has included electoral losers, novelty candidates, the dim, and a flawed front-runner. Assosciate Professor Brendon OConnor asks do the current Republican primaries suggest American conservatism is still strong or rather does the election suggest that American conservatism is in a sorry state desperately fighting off its decline? Read Online

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Like father, like son

8 March 2012

The Spectator Australia

In many ways, Mitt Romney is a lot like his father George, who ran as a Republican for the presidency in 1968. Both are handsome, moderate Mormons with a business background and a reputation for flip-flopping. Yet where George's campaign foundered, Mitt is the frontrunner in the 2012 race. US Studies Centre Post-Doctoral Fellow Nicole Hemmer says it's because Mitt Romney has one key point of difference with his father. Read article

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Obama the big winner on Super Tuesday

7 March 2012

Australia Network Newsline

The so-called 'Super Tuesday' multi-state primaries produced a less than superlative result for any of the Republican presidential candidates, ironically making the incumbent Barack Obama seem the real winner on the day. Mitt Romney seems incapable of capturing the hearts of Republicans while Santorum cannot win over the minds. US Studies Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett analyses whether the GOP can solve this conundrum before they face Obama in November. Watch Online

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Republicans tearing each other apart

7 March 2012

ABC Radio PM

Super Tuesday is over, but the Republican presidential race still has no clear winner, with front-runner Mitt Romney taking no state convincingly except for his home state of Massachusetts. US Studies Centre Chair of US Media James Fallows discusses the divide in the Republican Party and why there is such mistrust for Romney, who seems on paper to be a strong general election candidate. Listen online

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Is Romney unstoppable after Super Tuesday?

7 March 2012

ABC News Radio

With a mixed bag of results coming in after the Super Tuesday Republican primaries, US Politics Lecturer Dr Adam Lockyer analyses what they mean for the rest of the campaign. What are the main issues that won or lost voters for each of the candidates and are the handful of states won by Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich enough to stop front-runner Mitt Romney? Listen Online

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The race is far from over after Super Tuesday

7 March 2012

Sky Business

Romney may have won a qualified victory in the multi-state Super Tuesday but he is heading for a brusing run in the next few weeks with primaries and caucuses in conservative southern states. Research Assosciate Tom Swtizer analyses the results and explains tat the race still has a way to go before the candidate is known. Watch Online

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Romney battles on in Super Tuesday

7 March 2012

Sky News

With the delegates once again divided between the Republican candidates in most of the Super Tuesday contests, Romney nevertheless continues to inch ahead of his rivals. But as Research Associate Tom Switzer explains, his numerical advantage has not yet translated into a devastating blow that can wrap up the nomination. Watch Online

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Newcomer could still steal Republican nomination

7 March 2012

SBS Radio

Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor sees two possible scenarios for the Republican Party presidential nomination: Either Mitt Romney will get the required number of delegates to secure victory, or it will be decided at the convention itself. If Romney does not get enough delegates, the party could draft someone not currently in the race and select them on the convention floor. Listen online

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Super Tuesday shows no clear winner

7 March 2012

ABC Radio National Drive

Mitt Romney is yet to clinch the Republic nomination, despite victories in six states in today's Super Tuesday ballot. Super Tuesday was supposed to bring clarity to the Republican nomination battle. US Studies Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett explains that there is still no sign of a decisive leader emerging in the near future. Listen Online

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'Anyone But Romney' the real story of Super Tuesday

7 March 2012

ABC Local Radio Sydney Drive

Mitt Romney may have won Ohio on Super Tuesday but with three states going to the poster-boy of the conservative base, Rick Santorum, the 'Anyone-But-Romney' vote is still driving the Republican primaries towards a contested Convention. US Studies Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett talks to Richard Glover about what the GOP can do from here and where to next for the remaining candidates? Listen Online

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The winners and losers of Super Tuesday

7 March 2012

SBS TV World News Australia

With 10 states voting and over 400 delegates up for grabs, Associate Professor Brendon OConnor tells us who the winners and losers were from the Republican Super Tuesday primaries. Is it enough for Romney? Watch Online

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Republicans head to the polls for Super Tuesday

7 March 2012

ABC TV News Breakfast

As Republicans head to the polls to vote for their preferred presidential nominee in the multi-state Super Tuesday contest, US Studies Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett explains that even a good result for Mitt Romney may not be enough for him to seal the deal and look ahead to the general election against Obama in November. Watch Online

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Where do the candidates stand on foreign policy?

6 March 2012

SBS World News Online

Lecturer at the US Studies Centre Dr Adam Lockyer explains the differences between the hawkish Rick Santorum, the apparent liberal Mitt Romney, libertarian Ron Paul and veteran lawmaker Newt Gingrich in one of the most crucial areas for any presidential hopeful, foreign policy. How different are they and is Rick Santorum really the 'toughest' on China and Iran? Read Online

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Crunch time for the Republicans

6 March 2012

ABC The World Today

Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre Simon Jackman talks to The World Today about why the Republican Party is tearing itself apart over who should be selected to run against Barack Obama in the presidential election later this year. Why might the process not end with tomorrow's traditionally decisive Super Tuesday, when voters in 10 states cast their vote? Listen Online

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Super Tuesday only the start of Republican race

5 March 2012

Sky Business Late Agenda

Super Tuesday, normally the moment where the Republican nominee for President is locked in, has this year only revealed how long this campaign may go. US Studies Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett and Research Associate Tom Switzer discuss each of the nominees chances in the 10 state primary contest and who is most likely to win the nomination. Watch Online

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Super Tuesday looms large for Romney

2 March 2012

ABC Planet America

Despite avoiding a potentially embarrassing loss in his home state of Michigan, the pressure is still on Mitt Romney to perform well on Super Tuesday. Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor talks to John Barron about the threat that Santorum still poses Romney and the states to watch this Tuesday. Watch Online

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Romney faces a not-so-Super Tuesday

2 March 2012

The Australian

With the multi-state Super Tuesday event just around the corner, Dr David Smith and Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from the US Studies Centre identify some of the key battleground states that could determine the future of the Republican primaries and the candidate to take on Obama in November. Can Rick Santorum challenge the front-runner status of Mitt Romney or will Romney win the decisive victory he needs to wrap-up the race once and for all? Watch Online

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Candidates neck and neck in Michigan

29 February 2012

Sky Business

With a close result in Michigan, a state that Mitt Romney grew up in and his father was a well-respected governor of, the race for the Republican nomination looks far from over. Dr David Smith looks at how the latest primary results will affect the chances of both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney with Super Tuesday just over a week away. Watch Online

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Romney will need more than Michigan to win the nomination

29 February 2012

ABC Radio National

Romney may have won his home state of Michigan but none of the candidates look like they can defeat Obama in November. Santorum may appeal to many social conservatives but, as Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor suggests, turns off many moderate Republicans while Romney is still struggling to excite the base of the GOP. Can either candidate mount a strong enough campaign to secure the nomination on Super Tuesday and present a strong challenge in November? Listen Online

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A close result in Michigan puts Super Tuesday into play

29 February 2012

ABC News Radio

With a tight result in Michigan, all the Republican candidates will be looking ahead to Super Tuesday give them the momentum (and the delegates) they need to secure the nomination. US Studies Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett offers a range of scenarios for the months ahead and suggests that the contest may go all the way to the Convention floor. And how much will these extended primaries benefit Obama in November? Listen Online

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More wins for Romney but victory remains elusive

29 February 2012

ABC News 24

Mitt Romney recovered from a surge by Santorum in the polls to clinch his home state, but the tight margin indicates that he hasn't yet sown up the nomination. Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor from the United States Studies Centre suggests that Romney may be the right man for the job, but is lacking the X factor and appeal of other candidates. Can he close the deal before the Convention in August? Watch Online

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Romney wins Michigan but the race remains open

29 February 2012

ABC 24 The World

Senior Lecturer at the United States Studies Centre, Dr Harry Melkonian, discusses the chances of each of the Republican candidates following Mitt Romney's win in Michigan and Arizona. Can the other candidates make an impact on Super Tuesday? And what are their chances against Obama in November? Watch Online

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An American Melodrama - The Presidential Campaign in 2012

28 February 2012

The presidential election in November 2012 promises to be tight, and the campaign brutal. Barack Obama will have to spend as much time defending his record as making promises for the future. And with the Republican challenger still yet to be decided, whoever wins the GOP nomination, will have the to unite the party after five years of squabbling and an increasingly ugly primary season.

Research Associate Tom Switzer and Lecturer in US Politics Dr David Smith both offered their unique perspectives on the elections and the outlook for the US  at a panel discussion hosted by the Australian Institute for International Affairs. Watch Online

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It's not too late for a Jeb Bush candidacy

10 February 2012

The Australian

Rick Santorum's trifecta of primary wins this week has damaged the Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney, and left the GOP even more uncertain about the weaknesses of a candidate many of them still cannot bring themselves to support. United States Studies Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett considers whether a white knight, in the form of Jeb Bush, might ride to their rescue on the convention floor. Read article

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Santorum: the 'right' candidate?

9 February 2012

Triple J Hack

After a string of wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, Rick Santorum is positioning himself as the representative of the conservative Right in the 2012 Republican Primaries. Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor speaks to Hack's Claire Aird about Santorum's unlikely rise, his strong ideology and some of the controversy that surrounds his candidature. Listen Online

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Santorum stakes his claim in the Midwest

8 February 2012

Sky News

With a series of convincing wins in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Rick Santorum has stopped the momentum of the Romney campaign and staked his claim as the candidate of the Right over his rival, Newt Gingrich. Lecturer at the US Studies Centre, Dr David Smith talks to Sky News about how these results will affect the rest of the campaign and Santorum's chances of facing Obama in November. Watch Online

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Trump jumps on the Romney bandwagon

3 February 2012

Sky News

After his convincing win in Florida, Mitt Romney has been endorsed by the tycoon Donald Trump as his preferred candidate to win the nomination for the GOP and fight the 2012 general election against Obama. David Smith talks to Sky News about how this might help or hinder his campaign, especially in light of revelations about Romney's low effective tax rate. Watch Online

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US forces may end Afghanistan combat role by 2013

2 February 2012

ABC Radio Connect Asia

The United States is hoping to end its combat mission in Afghanistan next year - a year ahead of the previously announced deadline of late 2014. Tom Switzer discusses the domestic and international implications of this decision as well as the on-going Republican primaries. Listen here

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Romney gets the upper hand but not the nomination

1 February 2012

Sky News

David Smith and Tom Switzer talk to Sky News about Mitt Romney's latest primary victory in Florida. While both agree that Romney hasn't yet secured the opportunity to face Obama in the general election later in the year, they both outline different views of the challenges that face all the candidates as the race to the White House continues. Watch Online

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Romney picks up momentum in Florida

1 February 2012

Sky News

Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor talks to Sky News about the results of the Republican primary in Florida. Will this result give Romney the momentum he needs to sew up the nomination or can the other candidates mount a comeback in Arizona? Watch Online

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Gingrich presses the right buttons

24 January 2012

Australian Financial Review

Tom Switzer says Newt Gingrich’s astounding political comeback is largely due to his ability to spell out a populist message while doling out the ideological red meat to the conservative faithful. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Wash-up of South Carolina

22 January 2012

ABC News 24

Brendon O'Connor discusses the implications of the Newt Gingrich win in South Carolina for the Republican presidential nomination race. He tells Whitney Fitzsimmons that Newt Gingrich could be damaged by his "political skeletons" relating to his time as Speaker of the House during the 1990s, and that Rick Santorum is remaining in the race because of the unpredictability of how things will turn out for Gingrich. Brendon O'Connor is associate professor of American politics at the US Studies Centre.
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Gingrich wins South Carolina

22 January 2012

SBS World News Australia

Brendon O'Connor tells Lee Lin Chin that conservative Republican candidate Newt Gingrich has caused a major upset by winning the South Carolina Primary, but that Mitt Romney remains the man most likely to win the party nomination to take on Barack Obama. Brendon O'Connor is associate professor of American politics at the US Studies Centre.
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The aftermath of South Carolina

22 January 2012

Sky News

Following the South Carolina Republican primary, David Smith talks to Sky News about each of the remaining candidates' hopes moving forward. What should Gingrich's strategy be in Florida, how will Romney react to the loss and what can we expect from Santorum and Paul? Watch Online

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South Carolina the latest twist

22 January 2012

Weekend Today (Channel Nine)

Dr David Smith discusses with Leila McKinnon the latest developments in the Republican presidential nomination race including Newt Gingrich's success in South Carolina, Mitt Romney's tax disclosure issue and the likelihood of a very tight race between Barack Obama and whoever wins the Republican nomination. David Smith is a lecturer in American politics and foreign policy at the US Studies Centre.
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Gingrich defends his personal life in South Carolina

20 January 2012

Sky News

Newt Gingrich has hit back at the moderator of a televised debate for the remaining nominees for the Republican presidential candidature after he asked a question about Gingrich's personal life. Tom Switzer discusses it's impact, Gingrich's chances in South Carolina and his predicitions for the primary season. Watch Online

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Politics of 2012 election reflect America's cultural crisis: expert

17 January 2012

ABC Local Radio Sydney

Tom Switzer discusses the politics of the 2012 US presidential election with Philip Clark, noting that the Republican nomination race is failing to produce a strong contender to President Obama who is himself vulnerable. Switzer adds the uncertain political climate is symptomatic of a "cultural crisis" being felt across America. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Paul is a prophet deserving honour in warning on America's limits

17 January 2012

The Sydney Morning Herald

Tom Switzer says Ron Paul's most endearing quality is that he has sincere beliefs - support for social tolerance, free-market capitalism and a healthy scepticism towards foreign military adventurism - and he is not afraid to yell them out. He adds that this sets him apart from the pack in this age of focus groups and media spin.
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'Slasher' Ron Paul in for the long haul

13 January 2012

The Weekend Australian

Featuring in this article about presidential candidate Ron Paul by Adam Creighton are the US Studies Centre's Brendon O'Connor and David Smith. O'Connor and Smith each remark on key aspects of Ron Paul's policy stance.
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Armchair guide to the US primaries

12 January 2012

The Australian

The US Studies Centre's Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor and Dr David Smith feature in this video explaining the Republican primaries and the remaining field of candidates seeking their party's nomination.
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Conservative voters looking for best leader for the economy

11 January 2012

Sky News Business Channel

Featuring in this panel discussion is Tom Switzer who says Republican voters want to see a leader who can create growth while restraining and reforming government spending. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Show moves to South Carolina

11 January 2012

Sky News

Brendon O'Connor provides a sweeping overview of the main candidates, issues and possibilities at the conclusion of the Republican Primary in New Hampshire. O'Connor says the upcoming vote in South Carolina will be the biggest moment yet of the Republican contest. Brendon O'Connor is associate professor of American politics at the US Studies Centre.
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Romney remains man most likely

11 January 2012

ABC News 24

Professor Geoffrey Garrett tells Joe O'Brien that a Romney win in South Carolina and Florida in the remaining January Primaries would seal his place as the Republican candidate to take on Barack Obama in November. He adds that Ron Paul could greatly reduce Romney's chances at taking the White House if Paul decides to run independently. Professor Garrett is chief executive of the US Studies Centre.
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Professor James Fallows discusses the Republican candidate race

11 January 2012

ABC TV 7.30

Professor James Fallows says the sooner the choosing of a Republican presidential candidate can be put beyond doubt, the better that person's chances are to beat Barack Obama in November. He adds that the Obama administration will be the main beneficiary if the Republicans continue their infighting over several more months. James Fallows is national correspondent for The Atlantic and chair in US media at the US Studies Centre.
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Conservative disunity helps Romney stay on top

11 January 2012

ABC News 24

Tom Switzer tells Kim Landers that the failure of conservative Republicans to rally around a credible alternative to Mitt Romney is most likely going to result in a Romeny versus Obama battle for the White House this year. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Romney makes history in New Hampshire

11 January 2012

ABC Radio PM

Professor Geoffrey Garrett says the problem for Mitt Romney is that mainstream Republicans still don't like him very much, which is why people like Newt Gingrich continue to attack him with such vitriol. Professor Garrett is chief executive of the US Studies Centre.
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What lies ahead in the Republican race

11 January 2012

SBS World News Australia

Dr Harry Melkonian tells Janice Petersen that voters in South Carolina are likely to support Mitt Romney more than they did four years ago because they want to see a Republican in the White House and he is the biggest threat to Barack Obama. Dr Melkonian is a lecturer at the US Studies Centre. Watch Online

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'Rank and file' support remains elusive for frontrunner

11 January 2012

ABC TV News Breakfast

Tom Switzer says that despite being victorious in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney will be uneasy with the lack of enthusiasm amongst many "rank and file" Republican voters. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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New Hampshire Primary discussed

11 January 2012

ABC NewsRadio

Professor James Fallows discusses the key political aspects of the Republican Party's New Hampshire Primary vote, including why Mitt Romney is the favourite, the implications of the results for the rest of the field and what we can expect when things move to South Carolina. James Fallows is national correspondent for The Atlantic and chair in US media at the US Studies Centre.
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Republicans need to consider two different races this year

9 January 2012

ABC Local Radio Sydney

Tom Switzer says that to make it to the White House this year's Republican presidential candidates need to first win over enough conservatives to gain their party's nomination and then turnaround and win over the more liberal-minded swing voters to defeat Barack Obama.
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Republican candidates discussed

9 January 2012

ABC TV The Drum

Featuring in this panel discussion is Tom Switzer who says that Mitt Romney's best hope of becoming president will be the backlash vote against Obama by swing voters. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Republican race moves to New Hampshire

9 January 2012

ABC News Radio

John Barron reports on the latest news from New Hampshire, the location of this week's Primary vote for the Republican presidential nomination. John Barron is a research associate with the US Studies Centre. Listen online

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Romney's weaknesses

5 January 2012

Melbourne Talk Radio

Tom Switzer points out the elements of Mitt Romney's political persona that have seen many in the Republican Party feel lukewarm about his candidacy. Also discussed is the success of both Rick Santorum and Ron Paul in the Iowa Caucuses. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Republican race moves to New Hampshire, Romney leads

5 January 2012

ABC Radio PM

Professor Geoffrey Garrett tells Brendan Trembath that the biggest winner from the Iowa Caucuses was Barack Obama because the Republican Party is failing to provide a clear united voice from their side of politics at a time when the President is at his most vulnerable. Professor Garrett is chief executive of the US Studies Centre. Listen online

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US politics explained

5 January 2012

ABC Local Radio Brisbane

To help make sense of the media frenzy surrounding the Republican presidential nomination race, Brendon O'Connor explains to Stacey Milner the end-to-end process of a presidential candidate's journey to the highest office in the land. Brendon O'Connor is associate professor of American politics at the US Studies Centre.
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John McCain endorses Mitt Romney

5 January 2012

ABC TV News Breakfast

Dr Harry Melkonian comments on the political implications of the endorsement of Mitt Romney by former Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain. Dr Melkonian is a lecturer at the US Studies Centre.
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State of play in Republican race

5 January 2012

ABC Radio National

Professor Geoffrey Garrett provides an incisive summary into what the Iowa Caucus result means for each of the remaining leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. Garrett says that while Mitt Romney remains the most likely winner there are many obstacles in his way - not least a clever and angry Newt Gingrich. Professor Garrett is chief executive of the US Studies Centre.
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Analysis of Iowa Caucuses

5 January 2012

ABC News

ABC broadcaster and US Studies Centre research associate John Barron is in Iowa covering the Republican caucuses taking place there.
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Iowa result examined

4 January 2012

ABC News 24

Dr David Smith tells Scott Bevan that Rick Santorum was the big surprise of the Iowa Caucuses and that he is the latest conservative candidate to win favour with voters. Also discussed is the significance of the Iowa vote to the process of selecting the Republican Party's presidential candidate and how significant religion might be in who wins the nomination. David Smith is a lecturer in American politics and foreign policy at the US Studies Centre.
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Santorum surge 'incredible': expert

4 January 2012

SBS World News Australia

In the leading story of this news bulletin Brendon O'Connor says even a month ago the prospect of Rick Santorum winning in Iowa was not considered a possibility, and discusses what the result could mean for the Republican presidential nomination race. Brendon O'Connor is associate professor of American politics at the US Studies Centre.

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And they're off...

3 January 2012

ABC News 24

With the Iowa Caucus kicking off the race to the White House for 2012, Brendon O'Connor talks to ABC News 24 about each of the candidates still in the race and what the results in Iowa mean for the rest of the nation. Watch Online

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Obama still on the ropes

3 January 2012

The Age

Despite the current lack of a convincing Republican presidential candidate, Tom Switzer argues that President Obama's prospects of re-election are perilous. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Presidential candidates continue battle

13 December 2011

Sky News

Brendon O'Connor tells Ashleigh Gillon that there is still no clear frontrunner in the Republican presidential nomination race as the Iowa Caucus nears as the first test for the candidates in 2012. Brendon O'Connor is associate professor of American politics at the US Studies Centre.
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Newt: the last best hope for conservatives

6 December 2011

The Drum (ABC Online)

Tom Switzer outlines four reasons why Newt Gingrich could be the Republican nominee for President in 2012. Further to this, Switzer argues history is littered with successful comebacks by politicians who had been all but written off by the mainstream. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Gingrich the conservatives' choice

5 December 2011

ABC News 24

Tom Switzer explains to Kim Landers why he thinks Newt Gingrich is the person most likely to be the conservative "anyone but Romney" candidate going into the crucial primary season of the Republican nomination race for the 2012 presidential election. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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High stakes race for US Republican candidacy

1 December 2011

Radio Australia Connect Asia

In this interview with Sen Lam, Tom Switzer discusses the "anyone but Romney" factor in the race for the 2012 Republican party presidential nomination and the unexpected rise of Newt Gingrich to potentially be the person that takes on Barack Obama. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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2012 presidential election analysis

23 November 2011

ABC News 24

In this interview Professor Geoffrey Garrett assesses the political state of play 12 months out from the next US presidential election. Included in the discussion is the race for the Republican nomination, the likelihood of an Obama second term, and the issues that are likely to dominate the election campaign. Professor Garrett is chief executive of the US Studies Centre.
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Gingrich on the rise

23 November 2011

ABC News 24

Tom Switzer says the most recent Republican debate shows Newt Gingrich firming as the main contender to challenge the preeminent Mitt Romney. Also discussed is the importance of America's budget problems to the 2012 presidential election. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Republicans ignore the Asia-Pacific at own peril

15 November 2011

The Drum (ABC Online)

Marc-William Palen considers the foreign policy problems with Republican Party presidential candidates, and argues Barack Obama's current pan-Pacific trip may garner support from a large segment of the American business community and increase his chances for re-election in 2012. Marc-William Palen is a postdoctoral fellow at the US Studies Centre. Read article

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Mitt Romney the Republican favourite for presidential race

12 October 2011

ABC Radio PM with Mark Colvin

In this interview with Brendan Trembath, Professor James Fallows examines how the current field of Republican presidential candidates is faring. He says former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney is proving to be the lead candidate due to his impressive handling of the televised debates. James Fallows is national correspondent for The Atlantic and chair in US media at the US Studies Centre.
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Religion row in Republican bid

10 October 2011

SBS World News Australia

Professor Shanto Iyengar speaks to Anton Enus about the role of religion in the Republican primaries, after Mitt Romney's Mormon faith was decried 'a cult' by an evangelical supporter of his main challenger, Texas Governor Rick Perry. Shanto Iyengar is professor of communication and political science at Stanford University and is in Australia as a visitor of the US Studies Centre. Watch Online

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Republicans lacking a conservative front-runner

6 October 2011

Sky News

Professor Geoffrey Garrett says that the leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney does not sit well with many of the more conservative members of the Republican Party but that there is no one else from the current group who seems likely to take on Barack Obama next year. Geoffrey Garrett is chief executive of the US Studies Centre.
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Republican contenders

6 October 2011

ABC News 24

In this interview with Kim Landers, Tom Switzer assesses the front-running candidates for the Republican presidential nomination after Sarah Palin announced she won't be running in 2012. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Sarah Palin declares she won't run for President

6 October 2011

Sky News PM Agenda

Tom Switzer discusses with David Speers the political implications of the announcement by Sarah Palin that she won't be running for President in 2012. Switzer says it is too early to know which way the "swing states" will vote in twelve months' time. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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Could the Tea Party have a shot at the presidency?

15 August 2011

ABC Radio The World Today

In this interview with Eleanor Hall, Professor Marty Kaplan surveys the hopefuls for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 argues that the centre in US politics is moving further to the right, especially on economic policy. Marty Kaplan is in Australia as a visitor of the US Studies Centre.
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Republican presidential candidates and the debt crisis

28 July 2011

ABC News 24

In this interview with Kim Landers, Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor discusses two of the likely frontrunners for the Republican Party's nomination for the 2012 presidential race. Also discussed is the ongoing debt ceiling crisis engulfing Washington and the nation. Brendon O'Connor is associate professor in American politics at the US Studies Centre.
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Deadlock as US debt ceiling deadline looms

28 July 2011

Radio Australia Connect Asia

In this interview Tom Switzer explains the ideological differences that have caused the current deadlock over America's debt situation. Switzer also explains the "splintering" within the Republicans in congress over how the debt ceiling crisis should be resolved. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre.
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The place of primaries in the election process

7 July 2011

SYN Radio

In this interview Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor explains how the state-by-state primary elections provide the means for both of the major parties to select their presidential candidate to run for office. O'Connor also canvasses a few of the Republican hopefuls for the 2012 race. Brendon O'Connor is associate professor of American politics at the US Studies Centre.
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Republican candidates

15 June 2011

ABC 24 The Drum

After the first televised debate showcasing 2012 republican candidate hopefuls, John Barron offers his view on some of the most talked about candidates so far, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. Watch Online

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Republican presidential debate

14 June 2011

ABC News 24

As the Republican party search for the right candidate to go up against Barack Obama, Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor says the recent candidate debate in New Hampshire was strongly focused on the US economy and unemployment. Brendon O'Connor is associate professor in American politics at the US Studies Centre. Watch Online

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The Republican no-shows

17 May 2011

The Drum (ABC online)

John Barron appraises the reasons behind Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee both pulling out of the race for the 2012 Republican Party's presidential nomination, and says that Barack Obama will be particularly pleased to see the back of Huckabee. John Barron is an ABC News Radio broadcaster and research associate at the US Studies Centre. Read article

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Shades of 1992 haunt Obama

13 May 2011

The Australian

Citing the defeat of George H.W. Bush by Bill Clinton in 1992 so soon after Bush's foreign policy success in the Gulf War, Tom Switzer argues it is far too soon to be calling an Obama victory in 2012 because of the Bin Laden killing. Tom Switzer is a research associate at the US Studies Centre. Read article

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Jostling for place in 2012 primaries

26 April 2011

The Canberra Times

The 2012 presidential campaign cycle is starting late thanks to a reluctant batch of Republican candidates, says Dr Lesley Russell. She adds that the Obama-Biden team will be difficult to beat, especially if unemployment numbers continue to improve over the next 18 months. Dr Russell is a research asscoiate at the US Studies Centre.
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