Tune into WRVO’s Campbell Conversations Sunday to listen as Maxwell Professor Grant Reeher interviews Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee
What do we make of a non-defensive, self-described “laid-back” politician, who freely admits that low approval ratings are a factor in his decision not to pursue re-election? It doesn’t sound like New York, and it’s not. In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher continues the discussion he started last week with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. The governor frankly describes the political challenges he’s encountered as governor, and the effects of his party switch after being elected. He also discusses his state’s relatively smooth roll-out of Obamacare, and his own political future.
In the first of the two-part interview, Grant Reeher discusses the current level of conflict and polarization between the two parties with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. Chafee is particularly well-suited as an observer of this problem — when in the U.S. Senate he was known as a moderate Republican. He left the party following his service there, and successfully ran for governor as an independent. He’s now a Democrat.
When Chafee was in the Senate, he was one of only two Republicans to vote against the Bush tax cuts, and the only Republican to vote against the Iraq War. He looks back on that time, and also honestly describes how money influences politics, including his own behavior.
Every week Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, leads a conversation with a notable guest. Guests include people from central New York – writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals whose work affects the public life of the community – as well as nationally-prominent figures visiting the region to talk about their work.
The Campbell Conversations are longer interviews which encourage the character of the interviewee to be exposed. This allows you to learn more about the person, how they got to where they are, and where they plan to go. Grant attempts to go beyond the usual press conference questions and sound bites, which usually accompany a discussion about his guests.
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