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Citadel News Service
7 Oct 2008

Public opinion pollster, movie consultant to speak at The Citadel

Pat Caddell, one of America’s most knowledgeable and experienced interpreters of the public’s opinions, attitudes and changing values, will be the guest speaker for Thursday’s John C. West Lecture at The Citadel.

The John C. West Lecture Series is coordinated by Don Fowler, the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Fowler is directing a series of talks focusing on the November presidential election. Caddell’s talk on “Polls and Politics during the 2008 National Election Campaign” is the second in the series.

Caddell, a native of Rock Hill, S.C., will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in Bond Hall Room 165. It is free and open to the public.

Caddell became a prominent, nationally recognized pollster during Jimmy Carter’s successful campaign for president in 1976. He has worked for Democratic presidential candidates George McGovern in 1972, Jimmy Carter again in 1980, Gary Hart in 1984, Joe Biden in 1988, and Jerry Brown in 1992.

He has served as a consultant to various movies and television shows, most notably the movies “Running Mates,” “Air Force One,” “Outbreak,” “In the Line of Fire,” and the TV serial drama “The West Wing.” He has been a creative and active student of and commentator on American politics for a variety of public, private, political, and corporate interests and is currently a regular contributor to Fox News.

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