SFSU Public Affairs Press ReleasePublished by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2000--Two professors of political science at San Francisco State University are available to provide analysis of expected Republican presidential nominee Gov. George W. Bush's selection of former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney as his running mate. The faculty members, both of whom closely follow national politics, are available at their homes today. For additional assistance in locating an election expert from S.F. State, call the S.F. State Public Affairs Office at (415) 338-1665.
Gerard Heather, professor of political science at S.F. State. Areas of expertise: American politics, religion and politics and political philosophy. Heather is available at (415) 584-1387.
Heather's comment on Bush's selection of Dick Cheney as a running mate:
"The move solidifies the right wing of his party. Cheney comes with conservative credentials with his opposition to abortion and gun control. Cheney adds experience to the Republican ticket, an area where Bush is seen as lacking. But this is a choice that is not going to displease the Democrats. They will say that this is just the Bush administration reappearing and taking us back in time."
Robert Smith, professor of political science. Areas of expertise: presidential campaigns, the African American vote and African American politics. Smith is available at (510) 222-7273.
Smith's comment on Bush's selection:
"This seems like an uninspired choice. I don't think the selection of Cheney will either hurt or help Bush. Cheney doesn't seem to excite people. I think it is a rather surprising choice. I thought Bush would pick someone of his generation, someone closer to his age. The Democrats could say, 'See, he's not free of his father's influence.'"
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