Stephen J Wayne




Department of Government
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In the news

  • "The candidates do a really good job of monitoring which states they have a chance at. And then they follow the polls, since the polls show that they're winning by a lot, or losing by a lot, they'll move out of that state. If you know how the state's going to turn out, then you don't concentrate in those states, you concentrate in other states where you're not sure and you think your campaign will make a difference, one way or another," Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on presidential candidates' strategy in battleground states. A Quarter of U.S. States Hold the Keys to Presidential Outcome September 24, 2012, Voice of America
  • "After Roosevelt, we began to judge particularly new presidents by what they had done in their first 100 days. Presidents make a lot of promises during the campaign and they create great expectations. So this is a time to see if they can achieve those expectations or if their promises were hollow." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the significance of the first 100 days of a president's term. 100 Days September 7, 2012, PBS
  • "Obama needs the seal of approval from the No. 1 Democrat, the larger-than-life figure in the party. There's still a lot of unrest among the liberal rank-and-file about Obama; he can use a pat on the back from Clinton with those Democrats." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the effect of former President Bill Clinton's remarks at the Democratic National Convention. When former President Bill Clinton takes podium at DNC, it will be an important moment in President Obama’s campaign, and the first speech of the 2016 Hillary White House run September 5, 2012, New York Daily news
  • "Conventions have become more of a launch pad for the presidential campaign. They excite the people. They excite the party base." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the changing nature of political conventions. Conventions play to TV, but with little suspense August 20, 2012, Associated Press
  • “Energizing a base that didn’t hang together over the past four years is very important, and that takes people on the ground as well as a good computer- tracking mechanism like he had in 2008," Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on Obama's campaign strategy in the coming election. Obama Opens 25th Florida Office as He Outspends Romney May 4, 2012, Bloomberg
  • "So far, the Romney campaign cannot match Obama’s technology nor its outreach in the field. Obama’s early start gives him an advantage here." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on Obama's campaign fundraising advantages. Republican Groups Help Romney Fill Cash Gap With Obama April 23, 2012, Bloomberg
  • "Gaining the Hispanic vote is so important (to Obama) in a few critical states. He's got to do his utmost to show not only his interest (in Latin America), but his presidential stature." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on Obama's attempts to bolster support before the upcoming election. RPT-Obama looks to Americas summit to lift Latino support April 12, 2012, Reuters
  • “Labor talks about it because people think big corporations are just out to make a lot of money and the automotive bailout saved jobs. It appeals to their groups -- not to convince independents -- but to juice up the base,” Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the auto bailout and government regulation of financial services of the industry. AFL-CIO Drops Criticism to Endorse Obama, Citing Focus on Jobs March 14, 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • “The more divisive and longer the process, the more it saps the strength of the party and weakens the party in a general election contest,” Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the duration of the Republican presidential candidate nomination race. For GOP candidates, February lull a time to regroup February 5, 2012, The Washington Post