3Qs: The political aftermath of the N.H. primary

After GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mitt Romney won the New Hamp­shire pri­mary, we asked jour­nalism pro­fessor Alan Schroeder in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design, who has authored a book on pres­i­den­tial debates, to pre­dict the short-​​​​term future of the race for the White House.  Retail cam­paigning, whereby can­di­dates make con­tact with voters, has char­ac­ter­ized the Iowa caucus and the New Hamp­shire pri­mary, but what facto…

Election 2012: all-​​day analysis

A day after the nation went to the polls, we’re talking to North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s elec­toral win over Repub­lican Mitt Romney, which came despite an extremely close pop­ular vote count. Check in throughout the day to see what experts from across the uni­ver­sity are saying about what the results mean for the nation and the world. 2:40 p.m.: Denise Horn, an assis­tant pro­fessor of inter­na­tional affairs…

3Qs: Economy favors Romney in GOP race

Repub­lican hope­fuls faced off at Monday’s GOP pres­i­den­tial debate in New Hamp­shire, after which most pun­dits voted front-​​​​runner Mitt Romney best in show. William Crotty, the Thomas P O’Neill pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence at North­eastern and expert in pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, explains Repub­li­cans‘ pri­mary cam­paign issues, the tac­tics used by pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates to stand out in a debate and why Romney is leading the…

3Qs: Is Romney–Ryan ticket a game-​​changer?

Pre­sump­tive Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial nom­inee Mitt Romney selected Wis­consin Con­gressman Paul Ryan as his run­ning mate on Sat­urday, ending months of spec­u­la­tion over who the former Mass­a­chu­setts gov­ernor would choose. We asked William Crotty, North­eastern polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life, to ana­lyze what the selec­tion of Ryan means for Romney’s cam­paign and the presidential race.…

Former Gov. Dukakis Hits Romney On Economic Record

…is a unique per­spec­tive on what he hopes to hear Thursday night in Char­lotte from Pres­i­dent Obama. And as a former Mass­a­chu­setts gov­ernor, he has a unique plat­form from which to crit­i­cize Repub­lican nom­inee Mitt Romney’s per­for­mance as gov­ernor. Dukakis has said Romney made an “absolute mess” of it.…

The Romney kids’ $100 million trust fund

Mitt Romney’s five sons — Matt, Tagg, Craig, Ben and Josh — are sit­ting pretty with a trust fund worth $100 mil­lion. Get­ting there took invest­ments that pro­duced great growth, according to the Romney cam­paign. It also took smart tax strategies.…

Will the first presidential debate tip the election scales?

The per­for­mances in the first pres­i­den­tial debate of the elec­tion season may seal the polit­ical fate of Gov. Mitt Romney and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday, according to a trio of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity experts in media and pol­i­tics. “Romney would owe a vic­tory in Tuesday’s elec­tion in large part to his suc­cessful per­for­mance in the first debate,” noted Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Science.…

Was Obama too relentless with Romney?

The third and final Obama-​​​​Romney debate may not change many minds, but as a study in com­peting strate­gies, it is cer­tain to ignite strong opin­ions all around. Although the two can­di­dates sat side by side, like guests at a dinner party, each man was playing an entirely dif­ferent game. Mitt Romney came ready to float like a but­terfly, while Barack Obama came ready to sting like a bee.…

Romney didn’€™t wreck his state’s economy. But he didn’t save it, either.

The Mass­a­chu­setts economy wasn’t in great shape during the early aughts. As Mitt Romney’s oppo­nents like to point out, the Bay State ranked 47th out of 50 states in terms of job cre­ation from 2003 to 2007. It was only one of two states to have no growth in its res­i­dent labor force between 2002 and 2006. But as Mitt Romney is quick to note, it sur­vived its eco­nomic crisis -€” and even saw its credit rating improve -€” through a combi…

Romney to ‘loom large’ in Senate debate

Tonight’s first tele­vised debate in the Bay State’s U.S. Senate race may be between U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Eliz­a­beth Warren — but GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­inee Mitt Romney could be the one who steals the show, according to pun­dits and party oper­a­tives. “Mitt Romney is going to be looming large,” said Alan Schroeder, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor who spe­cial­izes in debates. “Warren has a great opening here. O…

Was Mitt Romney a Good Governor?

The Obama campaign’s attempt to make an issue of Mitt Romney’s gov­er­nor­ship quickly descended into spec­tacle Thursday. As the president’s chief strate­gist, David Axelrod, made his case in front of the state house in Boston, he was nearly drowned out by pro-​​​​Romney heck­lers chanting slo­gans. From the side­lines, a clean-​​​​cut young man in a blue tie blew soap bub­bles. “You can’t handle the truth!” Axelrod was reduced to yelling, as he le…