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The Bully Pulpit Series Presents a Town Hall Event

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The Bully Pulpit Series presents SCDP Field Director Charlie Hale

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Political Economy Club hosts debate on social and student related issues

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SC GOP Chairman Chad Connelly to Participate in The Bully Pulpit Series

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Voter Registration Drive

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Presidential Election Season – Fall 2012

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The Bully Pulpit Series has a great Fall 2012 season planned leading up to the presidential election on November 6, 2012. After an amazing primary season last spring, we are excited to focus on student voting initiatives this fall, including a partnership with Rock the Vote, the College of Charleston Student Government Association, and Cistern Yard Media.

Stay tuned for detailed information about our upcoming events!

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Cooper and Colbert in the Cistern Yard

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Paul rounds out The Bully Pulpit Series this primary season

Posted by: Larissa Allison | January 18, 2012 Comments Off |

Presidential candidate Ron Paul (R) will speak at the College of Charleston’s Stern Center Gardens Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. as part of The Bully Pulpit Series. Congressman Paul is invited to speak with faculty, staff, students and Charleston community members on topics related to presidential communication as well as issues important to the community.


The town hall event will begin with Dr. Paul’s remarks. He will then field questions from the audience. A meet & greet will be held immediately following the event.  The event is free and open to the public. No ticket is required for entry. Priority seating will be granted to College of Charleston students.

“The Bully Pulpit Series is honored to host Congressman Ron Paul at the College of Charleston on Thursday,” said Dr. Amanda Ruth-McSwain, Director of The Bully Pulpit Series. “This is the second time Congressman Paul will participate in the series since he visited the College during the 2008 presidential primary season.” Congressman Paul is the last presidential candidate to speak in The Bully Pulpit Series this primary season.

A medical doctor and author, Paul has represented Texas’s 14th congressional district in the United States Congress since 1997. Paul serves on the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Financial Services, and on the Joint Economic Committee, as well as chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Duke University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. He served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 until 1968. He worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist during the 1960s and 1970s, delivering more than 4,000 babies, before entering politics in 1976.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Ron Paul 2012 campaign to provide CofC students, faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in an important dialogue with Congressman Paul about issues important to them,” said Dr. Ruth-McSwain.

The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston, a joint effort of the College’s Department of Communication and the Department of Communication Advisory Council, is a non-partisan series held prior to the South Carolina presidential primaries. The series offers students and faculty the opportunity to analyze the ideas of each candidate about effective presidential communication.


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This past Saturday, January 14, 2012, the College of Charleston and the Department of Communication’s Bully Pulpit Series had the pleasure of welcoming the Fox News program, “Huckabee Forum 2: South Carolina Undecided” to our campus.

The program was taped in front of a live audience from noon to 2:00pm on Saturday in the College’s Sottile Theatre on George Street in downtown Charleston. The forum allowed the campus community to participate in a dialogue with five of the GOP presidential candidates. The program was aimed at undecided voters in hopes of helping them reach a decision before the South Carolina Primary on Saturday January 21, 2012. In attendance were candidates Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.

In the days leading up to the show’s taping, undecided voters had the opportunity to submit questions for the candidates to discuss on the show. Questions ranged from how candidates will restore the housing industry to how they plan to reduce the federal deficit. Each candidate was allotted the same amount of time to respond to questions and was allowed a few minutes at the end of the program for their closing remarks.

Audience members responded positively to the candidate’s responses, many undecided voters saying the forum had helped them reach their decision on who they would vote for in the Primary on Saturday.

The Bully Pulpit Series was delighted to work with Fox News on their forum. We are especially appreciative of the volunteer experiences they extended to our students, the spotlight they brought to our campus, and the dialogue they invited our community to participate in.

To view clips of the show you can visit the Huckabee website at http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/huckabee/index.html or read our live-tweet at https://twitter.com/#!/CofCBullyPulpit .

-Tori Bundy, Social Media Coordinator, The Bully Pulpit Series

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