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Presidential Candidates

The 1968 Election & the Disappearance of Republican Moderates

42%. It’s the percentage of the voting electorate that currently identifies as “independent,” according to a recent Gallup poll, and it’s a number that seems especially just during this polarized political season. One might portend that as this number grudges forward, both Republicans and Democrats would conduct a concerted effort to charm these election-deciding voters. However, the 2016 election and the GOP platform especially represent a complete and total departure from moderation.

Young Voters in the NH Primary

“Part of the reason I chose to come to college in New Hampshire was to be able to participate in democracy through the primaries and, being a swing state, we’ve had so much access to political candidates from both parties,” Rockefeller Center First-Year Fellow Charlotte Blatt ’18 tells the BBC in a video about the New Hampshire primary and what young voters like Blatt and her fellow Dartmouth students are looking for in the candidates.

Read the full story and watch the video, published 2/4/16 by the BBC.

Dartmouth Students Size Up Potential Presidents

Exerpted from Bill Platt's original article published in Dartmouth Now on Feb 4, 2016.

Every four years, Dartmouth students get an early look at the field of Republican and Democratic candidates for president in the run-up to the New Hampshire primary.  Election season offers the College community an unparalleled opportunity to participate in retail politics and serves as an extension of the classroom, says Professor Ronald Shaiko.

This video offers a quick look at the Upper Valley political events leading up to the Feb. 9 New Hamsphire primary vote.

Town Hall Meeting with Gov. John Kasich

Governor Kasich was the fourth speaker in the series, America’s Economic Future, featuring presidential primary candidates. He spoke on Monday, January 18, 2016, from 3:30pm-4:30pm, in the Georgiopoulos Classroom, Raether Hall to a crowd of about 200. The event, co-sponsored by the Tuck School of Business and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, was Kasich's second visit to Dartmouth since he joined the Republican primary contest.

The governor jumped into the town hall exchange after brief opening remarks by Matthew Slaughter and Andrew Samwick. He took questions and conversed with students and members of the community well after the host, former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, called time. Lynch, a senior fellow at Tuck’s Center for Global Business and Government, has been instrumental in organizing the series, which has also hosted Republican presidential hopefuls Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former New York Gov. George Pataki, as well as Democrat presidential candidate former Senator Hillary Clinton.

Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, lead a town hall discussion at Dartmouth in an event hosted by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences and the Tuck School of Business.

Before Sander's appearance, Madeline Cooper '16 and Jordyn Turner '16, gave a short speech that urged students to be politically active.

The discussion officially began at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. but the line to get in started forming well before that time. It was estimated that over 1900 people showed up to hear the Senator from Vermont talk about his vision for tuition-free higher education, as well as his plans to address climate change and take on a corrupt political system holding in place a rigged economy.

The views and opinions expressed and any materials presented during a public program are the speaker’s own and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center or constitute an endorsement by the Center.

A Conversation with Secretary Hillary Clinton

As the third speaker featured in the series America’s Economic Future, co-sponsored by the Tuck School of Business and the Rockefeller Center, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at Dartmouth on November 10, 2015. Held in Spaulding Auditorium, the event hosted over a thousand Dartmouth students and Upper Valley residents, spilling over into overflow seating in Alumni Hall.

Hillary Clinton has served as Secretary of State, Senator from New York, First Lady of the United States, First Lady of Arkansas, a practicing lawyer and law professor, activist, and volunteer. During the event, Clinton discussed America’s economic status in the past seven years, beginning with when President Obama took office amidst the work economic crisis since the Great Depression. She began by emphasizing how poor conditions used to be, when America was losing over 800,000 jobs a month, and then turned the discussion toward a focus on America’s economic future.

“That’s especially relevant to Tuck students,” said Clinton. “You’re not just going to live in that future. You are going to help shape it.”

Public Program: Town Hall Meeting with Presidential Candidate US Senator Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke with Dartmouth students and members of the community on November 4th, 2015.

As a part of the series America’s Economic Future, co-sponsored by Tuck and the Rockefeller Center, United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke at Dartmouth on November 4, 2015. Open to the public as a “town hall meeting,” the event took place at the Top of the Hop and was hosted both Dartmouth students and Upper Valley residents.
During the event, Senator Graham discussed his aspirations as a presidential candidate while also describing his upbringing and background. Graham spoke about his childhood living in a single room behind the family liquor store in South Carolina, his role as his family’s first college graduate, his experience in law school, and his 33 years of service in the Air Force JAG Corps. Graham argued that all of his past experiences contributed to his decision to run as a presidential candidate.

Republican Presidential Candidate George Pataki Talks about America’s Economic Future

This article was originally published in The Dartmouth on October 6th, 2015.

Presidential candidate George Pataki spoke about America' economic future. Photo by Seamore Zhu '19.

Five months after formally announcing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in Exeter, New Hampshire, former New York governor George Pataki returned to the Granite State on Monday night and spoke to a small crowd of students, faculty and Upper Valley community members in the Georgiopoulos Classroom at the Tuck School of Business.

Co-sponsored by the Tuck Center for Global Business and Government and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Pataki’s lecture was the first in a series which will feature presidential candidates addressing the topic of America’s economic future.

Pataki’s lecture touched on topics ranging from America’s corporate regulatory system to global climate change. He proposed smaller government, fewer tax codes and increased political bipartisanship as key components to economic success.

Owen Zidar '08 Evaluates Romney Tax Plan in Recent New York Times Article

The final 2012 Presidential Debate may have been slated for foreign policy, but it wasn't long before the discussion turned to the importance of a strong economy at home.  In a very relevant piece in The New York Times online, Owen Zidar '08 evaluates the tax plan of Republican Mitt Romney.  "Tax Cuts for Job Creators" was published on Friday, October 19, 2012.

Owen Zidar, a doctoral student in economics at the University of California, Berkeley, was previously a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers and, in 2008-9, an analyst at Bain Capital Ventures.

Zidar is one of many talented alumni that we have had the pleasure of getting to know at the Rockefeller Center.  We are happy to share the great work of former Dartmouth students.

2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

The Rockefeller Center is happy to bring you first-hand coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year by Ester Cross '15. 


This will be my last blog post about the national conventions. I hope the personal insight I provided has been interesting and helpful in conceptualizing both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. I will use this last post to tell you about some of the important themes and events to result from the conventions and how I think they will impact our nation’s political system for years to come.


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