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2010 Gubernatorial Debate at UC Davis

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Debate Watch Forum

Debate Watch Forum

Flash video (1 hour 5 mins)

Produced by UC Davis Academic Technology Services

Debate Watch Forum

Political experts discuss what they listen and look for when they watch a political debate at a public forum Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom at the UC Davis School of Law. The forum was sponsored by the UC Davis School of Law, UC Davis Institute of Governmental Affairs, UC Center Sacramento and UC Davis News Service. (Look for the on-demand video on this page by noon Sept. 29.)

Panelists included:

  • Dan Schnur, chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and a former political strategist who helped prepare Pete Wilson and John McCain, among others, for debates. Schnur is on leave from his position as director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California.
  • Carla Marinucci, a veteran San Francisco Chronicle reporter who specializes in state and national political coverage. Marinucci appears frequently on the PBS show This Week in Northern California and is a regular political analyst for KTVU Channel 2, Irish Newstalk Radio, the BBC, Australian Broadcasting and NPR stations across California.
  • Vikram Amar, UC Davis professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs. Amar is a constitutional specialist who comments frequently on Supreme Court rulings and complex issues, including the legal fight over same-sex marriage, federal power over health care and immigration, and the possible legalization of marijuana.
  • Larry Berman, political science professor and founding director of the UC Washington Center. An expert on the American presidency and the war in Vietnam, Berman is the author or co-author of 12 books. He has been featured on the History Channel's Secrets of War, Bill Moyers' PBS series The Public Mind and David McCullough's American Experience series.
  • Robert Huckfeldt, political science professor and director of both the UC Davis Institute of Governmental Affairs and the UC Center Sacramento, a teaching and public policy research arm of the university. An authority on public opinion and voter behavior, Huckfeldt has written several books including Politics in Context and Race and the Decline of Class in American Politics.

The forum was moderated by A.G. Block, associate director of the UC Center Sacramento, a former editor of the California Journal and seasoned observer of California politics.

For more information, contact Jim Sweeney at (530) 752-6101 or