John Heilemann – a national political analyst for MSNBC and co-author of best sellers “Game Change” and “Double Down” – will discuss the state of the 2016 presidential campaign on Monday (April 11) at Southern Connecticut State University.
The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, where Heilemann also will touch upon the Washington political scene and the major policy issues affecting the country. The event comes about two weeks before the Connecticut Primary on April 26, when Nutmeggers will join voters from Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware in casting ballots in the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination contests.
Businessman Donald Trump is seeking to garner enough delegates for a first ballot nomination at the Republican National Convention. But U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are looking to stop him, which if they are successful, would likely lead to a contested convention in July. Not since 1976 have the Republicans entered their national convention uncertain as to their nominee. And the last GOP national convention that went beyond the first ballot came in 1948 with Thomas Dewey becoming the eventual choice.
On the Democratic side, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is well ahead of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in delegates, but Sanders is hoping to continue with his recent momentum in an effort to turn the tide.
Heilemann is the co-anchor of the MSNBC daily news analysis program, “With All Due Respect.” He is a co-creator, executive producer and host of Showtime’s “The Circus,” which provides an inside look at the presidential candidates on the campaign trail.
Heilemann also is co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and is a regular contributor to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Game Change” was a New York Times bestseller that focused on the 2008 presidential election and led to an HBO movie. “Double Down” examined the 2012 presidential race.