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Political Strategist to Speak on Presidential Campaigns

April 3, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) -- On April 10, Susquehanna University will host a non-partisan speech on the presidential general election by Luke Bernstein, executive director of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. Bernstein will present 2007-2008 Presidential Politics: A View from the Folks in the Field at 7 p.m. in meeting rooms 1-3 of the Degenstein Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bernstein's presentation will look at the election from the perspective of the candidates and their staff. A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

“This topic is especially timely,” said Michele DeMary, associate professor of political science, “particularly since Pennsylvania is a hot spot right now in the Democratic presidential primary campaign. Bernstein's presentation promises to be of interest to Democrats and Republicans alike, and even the few Libertarians and Greens in the bunch.”

Bernstein is an adjunct professor at Dickinson College, where he is currently teaching a course on the U.S. political process. The course, which is co-taught by Mary Isenhour, the executive director of the commonwealth's Democratic Party, brings together both political perspectives to examine the dynamics of the race, and the impact of endorsements and media coverage from the Pennsylvania perspective.

"Although we agree on virtually nothing," Bernstein told a reporter from the Harrisburg Patriot-News, "politically I think many of our headaches are similar." He said both parties deal with similar political structures, similar candidate issues, fund-raising, committee members and delegate selection, recruiting volunteers and responding to the media.

Bernstein previously served in a variety of political positions, including deputy campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's reelection effort and as a domestic finance advisor for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, a position to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush. Bernstein played a critical role in the 2004 election cycle, serving as coalitions director for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign in Pennsylvania..

Bernstein is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School and Dickinson College. He also attended the United States Naval War College, where he focused his coursework on strategic decision-making.

The presentation is sponsored by Susquehanna's Political Science Department.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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