Nov. 10, 2012
If you want to figure out why President Barack Obama won a second term and a possible prescription for Republican redemption in 2016, a trip to Tulane University next Thursday might help. Democratic strategist James Carville, who will co-host the all-day discussion with his Republican strategist wife, Mary Matalin, says he's curious himself what Republican participants will offer up after Republican Mitt Romney's loss depressed and mystified the GOP faithful.
Carville said the election didn't provide many surprises -- given that polls generally showed Obama had the advantage in the key swing states.
What did surprise him, Carville said, was that turnout of young people and minorities - who cast their votes for Obama by large margins - increased over 2004, despite supposed disenchantment within their ranks over the president's first term.
The Tulane event, called "Beyond the Ballot, a Government in Transition," is sponsored by the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center. It's the 4th annual Tulane post-election summit.
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Annual Political Summit 2012