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Mark Silva

Mark Silva, deputy managing editor for government news at Bloomberg News in Washington, speaks to Flagler students.

Sept. 11, 2012

Mark Silva, deputy managing editor for government news at Bloomberg News in Washington, told Flagler students today that the battle of the 2012 election could very well come down to the fight in their own backyard.

“This is not a national election,” Silva told students in the Flagler Room. “In many states the election is over but in eight or nine states, like Florida, is where it will be determined.

Silva was on campus as part of Flagler College’s 2012 Forums on Government and Public Policy lecture series.

Fresh from both national conventions and with less than two months to go to Election Day, Silva spoke to two classes about the importance of the election, the difference between the two candidates and the factors that that should determine a winner.

“No president has won reelection with this sort of economy and unemployment numbers since FDR after the Great Depression,” said Silva. “And if Obama wins those are the comparisons that will be drawn.”

And as students asked Silva questions on topics ranging from the candidate's wives and health care to the country’s class system and tax breaks, the speaker made a point to hammer home Florida’s importance.

“You look at where the candidates are, Clinton and Obama were just here, Romney is coming back,” said Silva. “You have a front row seat for this election.”

Silva, will kick off Flagler College’s 2012 Forums on Government and Public Policy lecture series at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.


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