2020 Election Coverage

Presidential elections are often portrayed by politicians and party activists as pivotal turning points in the nation’s history. It’s part of riling the base. We’re in a time when all politics seems without precedent. What’s also unusual today is that few disagree that the November 2020 election truly will take place at a fork in the road. To talk about the fork where we’re poised and where the roads may lead, we’ve assembled some of LMU’s leading experts on the presidency, election law, the Supreme Court, the role of journalism and more to put this precarious moment in perspective.

The Counter Vote

If the Electoral College vote produces a result that doesn’t reflect the popular vote for president, is it time to shutter the institution?
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Carol Costello on White House Virus and Incivility

As Election Day approaches, the White House turns into a virus hot zone and political incivility deepens. Carol Costello, former CNN anchor, discusses America’s diseases of body and spirit — and what she’s doing about them.
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Allan Ides and the SCOTUS Nominee

If Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, her impact may be shaped by her relationship with Chief Justice John Roberts, says Allan Ides, LMU Loyola Law School professor. Ides, who clerked for Justice Byron White, shares…

The Biden-Trump Debate Playbook

Evan Gerstmann, who teaches political science at LMU, says the nominee who controls the topics will win the first presidential debate. But the pressure, he believes, is on Joe Biden, not Donald Trump.
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Justin Levitt and Election 2020

Justin Levitt, constitutional law professor at the LMU Loyola Law School, may be one of the few experts on U.S. voting laws and rights who does not foresee an electoral apocalypse on Election Day, Nov. 3.
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Michael Genovese

Prof. Michael Genovese, a leading expert on the presidency, discusses the upcoming presidential election, which will present voters with a stark choice and promises to be as unpredictable as it will be momentous.
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Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour anchor, discusses the debate moderator’s role in one of the most visible stages in a presidential election process. It’s part of our special Off Press podcast series focused on the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate at LMU.

Dramatis Personae

In his bestselling volume “Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics,” Stephen Greenblatt, in a none-too-subtle jab at President Donald Trump, examines the characters of Richard III, Macbeth, King Lear and Coriolanus to illuminate how Shakespeare’s work probes the danger of narcissistic demagogues —…
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Tony Coelho ’64

Tony Coelho, who ran the 2000 Gore Democratic presidential campaign, says don’t underestimate approachability when it comes to the voters’ choice for president. It’s part of our special Off Press podcast series on the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate at LMU on Dec. 19, 2019.

The Angry Age

Political rage has spread globally like a virus, and the divide between “us” and “them” is harder to bridge and growing wider everyday.
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Tia Carr ’21 and Olin Osborne ’23

Young voters may determine the 2020 presidential election. Tia Carr and Olin Osborne, LMU international relations majors, describe what they expect from presidential candidates and what they believe candidates offer. It’s the third in our six-part Off Press podcast series…

Makes No Census

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a proposed change to the 2020 national census could change U.S. politics for the next decade.