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Experts Comment on Presidential Election in LIU Post Forum

GOP strategist Michael Dawidziak, Democratic former Assemblyman ‘Jerry’ Kremer assess Obama and Romney campaigns in Provost Distinguished Lecture Series forum

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Dr. Stanley Klein moderates the forum, at table: Arthur Brookville, N.Y. – A Republican political strategist said Mitt Romney must overcome campaign stumbles by providing details of his economic plan in presidential debates, while a longtime Democratic assemblyman predicted continued gridlock in Congress, in a forum at LIU Post on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.

Michael Dawidziak, president of Strategic Planning Systems Inc. and a campaign advisor to President George Bush in 1988 and 1992, said President Obama's lead in the polls "doesn't seem to be (due to) anything Obama has done or said. It has strictly been Romney imploding at the end of his campaign."

Arthur "Jerry" Kremer, who served 23 years in the Assembly and chaired the Ways and Means Committee, said whoever wins the election will face a divided Congress, with Republicans in charge of the House and Democrats holding a majority (but not fillibuster-proof) in the Senate.

"We've had a gridlocked Congress for four years and we're going to have a gridlocked Congress for the next four years," Kremer said.

Dawidziak and Kremer agreed that both candidates have so far said little about what they would do to help college students and alumni with educational loan debt.

Dawidziak said Romney needed a strong performance in the three presidential debates to get back in the race.

"He needs to be substantive," Dawidziak said. "He needs to put details on the table."

Moderated by LIU Post Political Science professor Stanley Klein, the forum in a packed lecture hall was the first in the 2012 Provost Distinguished Lecture Series. Other scheduled speakers include Egyptologist and LIU Post professor Bob Brier, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, environmentalist and author Jim Merkel and attorney Peter Neufeld, co-founder of The Innocence Project.

For more information on the Provost Distinguished Lecture Series, visit www.liu.edu/post/provostlecture.

Posted 10/04/2012

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