Political science professor available to offer GOP debate analysis

Scott McLean

Scott McLean, a professor of political science, is available to offer analysis of the GOP debate scheduled for Aug. 6 in Cleveland.         

"Debates this long before the first primary rarely get much notice by voters," McLean said. "But tonight's debate will have a big audience thanks to the presence of Donald Trump. People will tune in for the extraordinary novelty of seeing a front-running candidate who will probably say something shocking and definitely say something aggressive. Just as fascinating will be to see whether other Republicans ignore, respond or counterattack Mr. Trump. 

"The good news is that although people will tune in for the circus, they might actually learn something about the candidates' stands on the issues. So far the candidates have been content to attack President Obama's policies in unison with inflammatory rhetoric. Tonight they just might have to present their various differing alternatives on how to tackle immigration, contain Iran, and make college affordability and health care accessible. 

"The Iran Treaty is an especially challenging topic tonight. None of the candidates have major foreign policy background, and President Obama said yesterday that the only alternative to an Iran Treaty is eventual war. Will the Republicans on stage be able to make a credible case that resuming U.S. sanctions will contain Iran? Will they propose military response to Iran in the absence of a treaty?" 

If you're interested in interviewing McLean, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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