Linda Killian joined the panel discussion about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and how swing voters view the George Washington Bridge scandal on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry. You can view the full video clips (2 segments) below:
Linda Killian on the PBS NewsHour
November 7, 2012
Jeffrey Brown talked to Linda Killian of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and The Rothenberg Political Report's Stu Rothenberg about what voters want from their elected leaders. You can view the full video below:
Linda Killian recently spoke with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts about the differences between swing and independent voters, and what independent voters are looking for in 2012, which is also the subject of her new book.
Linda Killian joins Democratic strategist Karl Frisch on the Power Panel to discuss whether attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record will appeal to independent voters, who make up about 40 percent of the electorate.
Linda Killian recently joined Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson as a guest on the Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC to discuss the role of independents in this year's elections, which is also the subject of her new book.
Linda Killian was a guest on "Now with Alex Wagner" on MSNBC to talk about her new book, "The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents", and to discuss the effects these voters are having on the 2012 election.
Linda discusses her new book, "The Swing Vote," and the greatest frustrations and concerns of independents and the power she thinks they will have in the 2012 election, with Editor-in-Chief of Democracy Journal, Michael Tomasky. Please click here to watch the video.
Linda Killian Appears on FoxNews.com
February 10, 2012
Linda Killian was a guest on FoxNews.com to talk about her new book, "The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents", and to discuss the effects these voters are having on the 2012 election.
Linda Killian was a guest on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" to discuss her upcoming book, "The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents."
In writing the book, Linda Killian talked with hundreds of citizens, activists and public officials around the country and paints a vivid portrait of the swing voters. She focuses on four key swing demographic groups and states – Colorado, Ohio, New Hampshire and Virginia - that will be critical in the 2012 election.
Killian presents a new model of the swing voters and reveals who they are and what they want from their government. She describes the intense disappointment and frustration these voters have with the political system and the two parties. She also examines the heightened polarization of Democratic and Republican elected officials and their inability to deal with our nation’s most important problems.
This is not only a timely shot across the bows of both parties but an impassioned call to Independents to bring America back into balance.
Linda Killian recently was quoted in a NPR article about the election:
So, is there a chance for this lame-duck session to avert the threat of fiscal calamity?
"Absolutely. This was a pretty decisive election, and that makes a difference," says Linda Killian, a senior scholar at the Wilson Center.
"In 2010, the Republicans were taking the House. So, in that lame-duck session, it was not good for Democrats and there was pressure on President Obama to compromise, and he did on the Bush tax cuts," says Killian, author of The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents.
"In this session, things are only going to get better for the Democrats in the upcoming Congress, so there's no point for the Republicans to hold out. It isn't going to be better for them next year," she says.
Linda Killian recently joined Michael Hirsh (chief correspondent at National Journal magazine) and Ron Elving (Washington editor for NPR) to discuss the second Presidential debate with host Diane Rehm on NPR.
Forty percent of all registered voters are independents – the highest figure since Gallup started keeping track half a century ago. Since 2008, 2.5 million voters have left the two major parties to become independents, which is now a larger group than registered Republicans or Democrats.
In this Washington Post opinion piece, Linda Killian addresses some of the misconceptions about this growing and influential bloc of voters.
Click here to listen to Linda Killian's recent appearance on "Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane" to discuss her new book and the 2012 election.
Linda Killian in New England
March 30, 2012
Linda Killian recently visited the New England area to talk about this year's elections and the role she expects independent voters to play in the contests.
She made a number of appearances in the media during her trip.
Killian was a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio's show, "The Exchange" with Laura Knoy -- New Hampshire's only daily call-in show dedicated to news and public affairs. NHPR listeners have a daily forum to discuss important issues and speak directly with elected officials. Here is the audio link.
She was also a guest on Maine Public Broadcasting's "Maine Watch" with host Jennifer Rooks. Here is the video link (Linda's segment starts at 18:57).
From there, it was on to Portland's WCSH Channel 6 for a segment on "207" with Kathleen Shannon, for a discussion about Linda's book. Here is the link.
Linda Killian travels to Ohio for "Super Tuesday" events
March 11, 2012
As the 2012 presidential primary season continues to heat up, Linda Killian
traveled to Ohio for "Super Tuesday," watching the returns and the voting patterns as they emerged.
Linda Killian talks to Coffee Party USA about the failure of the supercommittee, what comes next, and ideas about how citizens can be involved.
For audio, click on the player below.
Linda Killian speaks to Coffee Party USA on C-SPAN
September 24, 2009
Linda Killian appeared on C-SPAN as one of the speakers at a Coffee Party USA presentation on "Civic Engagement and the American Political Process."
Participants spoke about the state of discourse in American politics, the emergence of the "tea party" movement, their response in the form of a "coffee party," and engaging citizens and lawmakers in the political process. Among the topics they addressed were partisanship and the legislative process, recent efforts to pass health care reform, campaign finance, and voter anger. They also answered questions from the audience.
On September 24, 2009, the Wilson Center on the Hill, Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE), and Boston University’s Washington Center brought lawmakers and experts together on Capitol Hill to discuss the current health care system and the debate over its reform. Linda Killian, then director of the Boston University Washington Center and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, moderated the event.
Panelists included Jason Altmire, U.S. Representative (D-Pa.) - Member, House Education and Labor Committee; Charles M. Brain, President, Capitol Hill Strategies - Director of Legislative Affairs, President Bill Clinton; Michael Burgess, U.S. Representative (R-Tex.) - Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee; Joe Courtney, U.S. Representative (D-Conn.) - Member, House Education and Labor Committee; Kent Hughes, Director, PAGE Program & Global Energy Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center; Barry Jackson, Former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs - Member, Board of Trustees, Woodrow Wilson Center; Gerald Seib, Assistant Managing Editor and Executive Washington Editor, The Wall Street Journal; and, John Shadegg, U.S. Representative (R-Ariz.) - House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Killian moderates panel on Obama administration's first 100 days in office
April 16, 2009
On April 16, 2009, about 100 days after President Obama took office, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Program on Science, Technology, America, and the Global Economy and the Boston University Washington Center sponsored a discussion of the new administration’s achievements thus far and the challenges it will face moving forward.
The panel of distinguished academics and journalists included Tom Fiedler, Dean of the Boston University College of Communications, Michael Kazin, Professor of History at Georgetown University, Gerald Seib, Assistant Managing Editor and Executive Washington Editor of The Wall Street Journal, and Kenneth T. Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report.
Acting as moderator was Linda Killian, Director of the Boston University Washington Center and a current Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar.