Barack Obama

Campaign Trails – October 10
12:28 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

The Economic Policies of Obama and Romney

Rich Egger

This week on Campaign Trails, panelists Tom Sadler and Bill Polley examine the economic policies of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Sadler and Polley both teach in the Department of Economics and Decision Sciences at Western Illinois University. Both have studied the candidates’ policies closely and, in fact, Sadler spoke on behalf of President Obama and Polley spoke on behalf of Governor Romney during a mock debate at WIU on October 9.

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Final Stop in Iowa Tour
11:01 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Ryan Campaigns in Burlington

Rep. Paul Ryan campaigns in Burlington, IA on Tuesday.
  • Paul Ryan's Burlington Speech

The presidential campaign made its way to southeast Iowa for the second time in the last month.

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President could find political cover
8:41 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Occupy Wall Street Could Lead to Shift in Policies

Keith Boeckelman

Although the Occupy Wall Street movement is not involved in conventional campaigning, a political expert says it could have a dramatic effect on a second Obama administration.

Keith Boeckelman is chair of the political science department at Western Illinois University.

He says the president had to toe a moderate line after Republicans took control of the House of  Representatives and the Tea Party movement played a major part in House politics.

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