Washington University in St. Louis experts available to talk presidential politics

There’s no debating the fact Washington University in St. Louis experts know presidential politics. The university hosted presidential debates in 1992, 2000 and ’04, as well as the VP debate in ’08. As President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney prepare to debate this week, you’re preparing your coverage.

Washington University professors are ready to comment — over the phone, on air, on camera – to help clarify the issues that will define the 2012 campaign. Before the debate, after the debate or anytime leading up into the election, WUSTL experts are talking about the same issues we’re all talking about, and we have free VYVX/ISDN lines available for media use.


We’ve got a cadre of commentators, including Wayne Fields, PhD, a nationally known expert on American political arguments. Fields has been a frequent commentator on presidential debates since his 1996 book “Union of Words: A History of Presidential Eloquence.”

Field studies rhetoric in presidential speeches – from the moment of declaration to inaugural addresses, state-of-the-union speeches, executive farewells and other addresses. If the candidates misspeak, Fields will have insight. (He is available this week from Iowa City, Ia.)

A complete list of election experts is available at news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/24319.aspx.

Some other issues these experts can speak on:

  • Climate change
  • The politics of race
  • Law and religion
  • Gay marriage
  • Poverty, education and health
  • Voter ID laws
  • Healthcare reform

Let us help you secure Fields or any of our experts for an interview – on camera, in person or over the phone.