It’s been a wild and wooly year in presidential politics – and there’s still a long way to go until November.
The unexpected success of Donald Trump has delighted his supporters, and alarmed his critics. On the Democratic side of the race, Bernie Sanders has also exceeded expectations. Trump and Sanders have capitalized on Americans’ economic frustration, and many voters remain angry as we move closer to the general election.
In Rhode Island, Democrats are wondering whether primary voters will support Hillary Clinton like they did in 2008. And Trump is leading the latest poll of state Republican voters, despite the lack of an organized campaign.
These are some of the topics explored during Policy And Pinot, Rhode Island Public Radio’s ongoing discussion of top state issues. The event was recorded at the Providence Athenaeum on March 22, 2016.
RIPR’s Political Reporter Ian Donnis hosted the discussion with our panelists:
Scott Mackay, RIPR’s political analyst, a longtime former political reporter for the Providence Journal.
Wendy Schiller, Professor of political science at Brown University. Earlier in her career, she served on the staffs of New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and New York Governor Mario Cuomo.
Brandon Bell won election last march as Chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party. He’s a lawyer with Fontaine Bell in Providence, and has emerged as a vocal participant in Rhode Island’s political scene.