Midmorning Hour 1 for August 13, 2008
A man marks his ballot in a voting booth Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images Guests Akshay Rao: Professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Jackie Salit: Executive editor of The Neo-Independent Magazine and the president of the Committee for a Unified Independent Party, Inc. She ran both of Michael Bloomberg's mayoral campaigns on the Independence Party line in 2001 and 2005. John Avlon: Contributor to Politico, RealClear Politics and the NY Post. He was deputy policy director for Rudolph Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign. He is author of "Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics."
Midmorning examines the role of independent voters in the upcoming election, and how well the candidates are speaking to them. New research suggests that detailed messages will not win the hearts of this group.