Lou Cannon, Jerry Roberts talk Trump and Clinton at ‘Volatile Politics’

Veteran political reporters Lou Cannon and Jerry Roberts spent two hours on Monday, April 11 detailing the intricacies of the 2016 elections and the role California plays in “Volatile Politics,” the latest event in the Antioch in Conversation series.

Moderated by The Honorable Susan Rose, a former Santa Barbara County Supervisor and a member of the Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees, Cannon and Roberts spent the majority of time discussing presidential candidates, focusing on front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While both agreed that Clinton was likely to clinch the Democratic nomination over Bernie Sanders, both Cannon and Roberts argued that Trump would have a more difficult time winning the Republican nomination and that Ted Cruz posed a significant challenge.

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Cannon and Roberts, who are also both members of the AUSB Board of Trustees, peppered their remarks with insight and humor (or as Roberts called his style, “snarky”), and in addition to the presidential race, they also touched on state and local political topics.

The two journalists have impressive political backgrounds. Cannon is a veteran White House and political reporter for The Washington Post and the celebrated biographer of Ronald Reagan, while Roberts, the former managing editor of The San Francisco Chronicle and author of a biography of Senator Dianne Feinstein, founded the political website calbuzz.com and has covered politics and public policy in California for four decades.

Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement  about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and world. The next event in the series is a screening of the documentary film Projections of America on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Community Hall. For more information, visit antiochsb.edu/projections.

Posted April 12, 2016

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