Appealing To The Middle Vs. Energizing The Base: Do Moderate Swing Voters Exist?
How important are so-called “moderate swing voters” in a presidential election? Some argue these voters are the key to winning, while others say energizing the base is the best way to secure victory. Coming up, we discuss new theories on swing voters and whether they'll be a central or nonexistent part of the 2020 campaign.
First, we hear from Rachel Bitecofer, political science professor at Virginia's Christopher Newport University and a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Niskanen Center, about her political theory and model which argues there are no "swing" voters.
Then we have a roundtable discussion about swing voters with guests:
- Ellen Andersen, University of Vermont political science professor
- Ted Kohn, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norwich University
- Ken Rudin, Former NPR political director now working on the podcast Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie
Broadcast live on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.