C-SPAN provides students with chance to tour ‘Road to the White House’ bus
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 22:10
The C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus rolls in this morning for students to explore as part of its “Road to the White House” tour.
The bus, fresh off the road from its other Ohio stops this week including Cincinnati, Ada, Akron and Cleveland, will offer interactive resources for visitors to learn more about the presidential campaign and to engage in a political discussion.
C-SPAN reached out to Communications Professor Howard Kleiman inquiring as to whether there was an interest in bringing the bus to Miami’s campus.
Several Miami students have also been given the opportunity to take part in C-SPAN’s morning show “Washington Journal.” The program is featuring Katrina Vaden Huevel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine, as its special guest, and the students will have the opportunity to ask questions on the show via Skype about the presidential campaign.
Despite the bus’s stops at other college campuses, Kleiman said not all campuses have had the opportunity for their students to participate in this way.
“It is not automatically part of the bus being on campus so that’s what makes it even more special,” Kleiman said.
One student Skyping in the on the show, Senior Michael Woeste, said there are plenty of questions to be asked surrounding the upcoming election.
“How is the election going to kind of change around the Washington establishment if Mitt Romney is going to be elected as a new president or Barack Obama is going to stay as our president?” Woeste said. “What’s it going to mean for the Washington establishment or our country in general?”
Tyler Sinclair said he’s hoping to ask Vaden Huevel, who is known to be left-thinking, questions about President Barack Obama’s performance in Wednesday night’s debate.
“Especially right after the debate, where it’s pretty well-known that the president didn’t live up to expectations, I think having her explain maybe where that came from and what’s going to be done in the future, and even defending that poor performance as a lot of people on the left have done, will be interesting to hear,” Sinclair said.
Other students will be able to tour the bus from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. parked behind Benton Hall.
Kleiman said he hopes students will make an effort to stop by the bus and learn more about the upcoming election.
“We’re four weeks out from the election, so I think anything that gets students thinking more about the election, things they may see on the bus… anything that heightens their awareness of what’s going on, a month out from a critical time as we hit the election, would be terrific for the students to be exposed to,” Kleiman said.
Woeste said the C-SPAN bus stop at Miami emphasizes the saying “so goes Ohio, so goes the nation.”
“It shows that Miami University is a place where people want politics, where they want to see politics, where they want to be involved in politics,” Woeste said. “And it shows how important our state of Ohio is in this election, and how we’re the voters who people are looking to kind of guide our country.”