3Qs: Moving beyond the conventions

Michael Dukakis, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence, weighs in on the Demo­c­ratic National Con­ven­tion and pre­views the race to the White House between Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Repub­lican chal­lenger Mitt Romney.

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 GOP field, for now.