Circus maximus: The 2016 US presidential race

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23 June 2016


University of Sydney


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How did US politics get to this sorry state? America's political civil war began in the 1960s. The most notable feature is the rise of the New America - constituencies that used to be politically marginalised but have come to power with Barack Obama. They include new minorities (Latinos, Asian Americans), old minorities (African Americans, Jews), young voters, LGBTI, working women, single mothers, educated professionals and the unchurched (the nearly one in four Americans who claim no religious affiliation). Arrayed against the New America is the Republican Party, which has become a resistance movement. Republicans see Donald Trump as the un-Obama - a doer, not a thinker. What impact will this have on America's role in the world?

Listen back to our in-depth conversation with one of America’s leading US political analysts, Bill Schneider. He spoke with USSC chief executive officer Simon Jackman about the 2016 presidential race.

Circus Maximus: The 2016 US presidential race with Bill Schneider



  • Professor Bill Schneider
    Professor of Public Policy and Public and International Affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

    Bill Schneider was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in June 2016. Schneider is a leading US political analyst and Professor of Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University. He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera English, Huffington Post and From 1990 to 2009, he was CNN's senior political analyst. Schneider has covered every US presidential and midterm election since 1976 and was a member of the CNN political team that won an Emmy for its 2006 election coverage and a Peabody for its 2008 coverage.


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