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 Deutschlandfunk Interviews American Studies about U.S. Midterm Elections 

Submitted by Eric W. Fraunholz on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:32

Deutschlandfunk, one of Germany's premier public radio stations, interviewed American Studies on election day about the U.S. Midterm Elections and what they could signify about the Obama administration and the course of the country.

Reporter Sandra Schutz asked Professor Crister S. Garrett if President Obama is a "tragic figure". He responded that tragedy is hard to define in this context, but American politics is simply very competitive, a presidential system where a majority in the legislature, the Congress, is never a given.

Ms. Schutz also asked what would happen if indeed the Republicans control both the Senate and the House. Prof. Garrett responded that the U.S. has experienced such moments before, for example, under Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Different outcomes are possible, from a paralysis in American politics to new compromises being reached as both parties feel the pressure to move the national agenda forward.

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