The crux of Hillary Clinton’s case against Bernie Sanders amounts to, “just eat your vegetables and vote for me,” says Martin.
“Clinton will insist that while she understands and even agrees with the passion of Sanders’ supporters, she is the electable candidate and there has to be an element of pragmatism to the movement,” Martin says. “She will also focus much more strongly than Sanders will on the Republican race. She is saying, ‘We’ve come a long way and we can’t go back.’”
The Republican race is a far more complex and volatile affair, says Martin, as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz battle for the outsider vote and Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie compete for the Republican establishment’s support.
“The Cruz-Trump feud is really getting nasty,” Martin says. “But Marco Rubio has the most to gain if Christie, Bush and Kasich drop out. If that happens, it will eventually become his nomination.”
Martin speaks Spanish well, but requests questions be presented to her before interviews so she can brush up on the vocabulary she’ll need to answer them.
Martin is an SMU assistant professor of Communication Studies in the Meadows School of the Arts who can discuss:
- economic messages in political campaigns
- political campaign strategy