16th Dec, 2017

Leading authority to deliver expert talk on upcoming US election

Shaun Reynolds 7th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A LEADING authority on American politics will deliver a talk on the hotly contested US presidential race next week (April 12) as part of Coventry University’s lecture series ‘The Big Question’.

Mr Dane Walters, who was a key figure in five republican presidential campaigns – including John McCain’s battle against Barack Obama – will deliver the free public lecture at the university’s engineering and computing building.

Mr Waters will separate fact from fiction and give a rundown of the election’s major players, offer predictions on who will win each party’s nomination and reflect on why presidential candidates with extreme views are gaining popular support.

The US campaigns guru will also explain why he thinks the world should prepare for significant global ramifications from November’s elections – and why the 2016 presidential race is challenging the foundations of American politics.

Mr Waters said: “There is little doubt that this presidential election will transform the very essence of how our political system works.

“It is testing the very foundation that America was founded upon, and the outcome is anyone’s guess.

“I look forward to discussing the many facets of this election and giving personal insight into the power struggles, miscalculations, narcissism and hubris that are the underpinnings to this political spectacle.”

Professor Matt Qvortrup from the university’s centre for trust, peace and social relations, said: “The White House and other icons of the US political establishment are things we see on the news.

“For Dane Waters, these locations and the people who governed in them, from Ronald Reagan to George Bush, were part of a daily routine.

“He’s an insider who’s seen it all, it is an honour to welcome him to Coventry.”

People interested to attend should register their place by contacting charlotte.martin@coventry.ac.uk

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