On November 4, 2008, Americans will choose their forty-fourth president. The wide-open primaries and presidential campaign have thus far revolved around two of the most historically contentious issues in U.S. politics: race and the use of American power abroad.
Is America ready to elect a black president? Or, for that matter, a woman? How will both parties re-imagine America's role in the world in the aftermath of the botched occupation of Iraq? And what are the implications for Canada of a Democratic or Republican victory?
The Grano Speakers Series has invited Camille Paglia, Shelby Steele, James Carville, and David Gergen to debate these issues and other in the 2007-8 series. The Race to the White House offers a written record of the talks they gave, completed with the spirited, probing question and answer periods that followed.
About the authors
A controversial and colourful personality, JAMES CARVILLE is one of America’s most recognized political consultants and media pundits. He also runs a successful international political consulting business. Also known as the “Ragin’ Cajun,” Carville gained national attention for his work as the lead strategist of the successful 1992 presidential campaign of then–Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. Carville was the co-host of CNN’s Crossfire and appears regularly on its political show The Situation Room. His latest book is Take It Back: A Battle Plan for Democratic Victory.
DAVID GERGEN has been a well-known and respected commentator, author and adviser to presidents for thirty years. He served as director of communications for President Reagan and held positions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Clinton. He currently teaches at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report. In the fall of 2000 he published the best-selling Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. Gergen is also a political commentator for CNN.