Director of CAPC, Dr. Stella Rouse, was recently asked to weigh in on the final Democratic Debate before the 2016 Iowa Caucuses in an article for NBC News. Professor Rouse, alongside Alfonso Aguilar, Dr. Stephen A. Nuño, and Dr. Marcela García-Castañon, spoke to the differences in the candidates' appeals to Latino voters, how their positions on hot-button issues such as immigration, race in American politics, and perceptions of "electability" for both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders.
As Dr. Rouse noted, "The debate emphasized that the choice for mantle-carrier rests largely on either Clinton and her vast experience or Sanders and his passion. The experience angle has to date given Clinton the edge and she made a point to emphasize it during the debate. Conversely, Clinton has her own dilemma: how does she continue to paint Sanders as unelectable without alienating a Democratic base she will need in the general election?"
Dr. Stella Rouse is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics and director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland