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Hofstra Debate 2016 Event with David Axelrod

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
August 14, 2016

Yesterday, DAVID AXELROD was the Signature Debate Speaker on “The Evolving Media and Political Landscape” – a Debate 2016 event at Hofstra University, which is hosting the first presidential debate later this month, on September 26.

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. DAVID AXELROD, CNN Senior Political Commentator and Democratic strategist who served as Obama Senior Advisor, is the Signature Debate Speaker on The Evolving Media and Political Landscape, at Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate, between H.R. Clinton and D. J. Trump, scheduled for later that month on September 26. Hofstra is first university ever selected for 3 consecutive U.S. presidential debates; Hofstra; university; universities; college; colleges (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. DAVID AXELROD is the Signature Debate Speaker on The Evolving Media and Political Landscape, at Hofstra University, which will host the 1st Presidential Debate later that month.  (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Axelrod, a former senior advisor for President Obama and current senior political commentator for CNN, devoted time after his prepared remarks to answer questions from audience members.

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner, in patriotic red white and blue, is one of many displayed on the campus of Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate, between H.R. Clinton and D. J. Trump, scheduled for later that month on September 26. Hofstra is first university ever selected for 3 consecutive U.S. presidential debates. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner on South Campus is one of many displayed at Hofstra University, which will host first Presidential Debate on September 26. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

My favorite Q&A exchange began when a student referred to Axelrod’s advice to vote for one of the two major party candidates, rather than casting a statement vote for a candidate with no realistic chance of winning. The student then said he did not want to vote for either the Democrat or Republican nominee and indeed would vote for a 3rd party candidate.

So Axelrod gave an example of when protest votes for a 3rd party candidate may have affected the outcome of the election:

In the 2000 presidential race in the pivotal state of Florida, Green Party nominee Ralph Nader received over 97,000 votes, and Democrat Al Gore received just 537 fewer votes than Republican George W Bush, who won the presidency.

Unswayed, the student once again said he’d be voting for a 3rd party candidate.

Axelrod began to say something, then abruptly stopped, glanced up and then back at the student, and asked if he was from New York. When the student said yes he was, Axelrod cheerfully told him to go and vote away. The student smiled as he returned to his seat; the audience clapped.

FYI from LI: The most recent Republican presidential candidate to win New York was Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner - tall vertical in patriotic red white and blue - is one of many displayed on the campus of Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate, between H.R. Clinton and D. J. Trump, scheduled for later that month on September 26. A high-rise residence hall is at right, also in North Campus. Hofstra is first university ever selected for 3 consecutive U.S. presidential debates. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. September 13, 2016. Hofstra University Debate 2016 banner is one of many displayed on the campus of Hofstra University, which will host the first Presidential Debate on September 26. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hofstra will be the first ever university to host three consecutive U.S. presidential debates.

ALL Hofstra Debate 2016 events, unless otherwise noted on Hofstra’s site, are free and open to the public. RSVP is recommended:

Event Calendar:  DEBATE2016 Hofstra University  (www.hofstra.edu/Debate/debate-event-calendar.html)

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Hillary Clinton Panel on Gun Violence Prevention, Port Washington

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 13, 2016

This Monday, Hillary Clinton and moderator Rep. Steve Israel held a discussion on gun violence prevention, to a full house at the Landmark Theater in Port Washington. The panel included five women who each lost a relative to gun violence.

Port Washington, New York, USA. April 11, 2016. HILLARY CLINTON, Democratic presidential primary candidate, has a discussion on gun violence prevention with Rep. STEVE ISRAEL and activists who lost family members due to shootings: (L-R) RITA KESTENBAUM who lost her daughter Carol at Arizona State University; MARIE DELUS who lost her nephew Pierre-Paul Jean-Paul in Queens; ERICA LAFFERTY SMEGIELSKI who lost her mother Dawn Lafferty Hochsprungand the Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal in Newtown CT; NATASHA CHRISTOPHER who lost her 15-year-old son Akeal in Brooklyn; and SANDY PHILLIPS who lost her daughter Jessica Ghawi in Aurora, Colorado theater shooting. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Port Washington, NY, USA. April 11, 2016. HILLARY CLINTON, Democratic presidential primary candidate, and Rep. Steve Israel have panel discussion with five activists on gun violence prevention. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

One by one, the five activists shared – relived – their stories of loss and how they became gun control activists.

Port Washington, New York, USA. April 11, 2016. ERICA LAFFERTY SMEGIELSKI, who lost her mother Dawn Lafferty Hochsprungand, the Principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, has serious expression as she shares her personal story of loss of a loved one due to gun violence, during a discussion with Hillary Clinton and other activists on gun violence prevention. HILLARY CLINTON, the leading Democratic presidential primary candidate, called for stricter gun control legislation. Clinton had several Long Island events scheduled this day, and the New York presidential primary is April 19. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Port Washington, NY, USA. April 11, 2016. ERICA SMEGIELSKI, who lost her mother Dawn Lafferty Hochsprungand, the Principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, is a panelist on gun violence prevention discussion. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Rita Kestenbaum lost her daughter Carol shot at Arizona State University; Marie Delus lost her nephew Pierre-Paul Jean-Paul shot in Queens; Erica Smegielski  lost her mother, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprungand, the Principal killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown CT; Natasha Christopher, lost her son Akeal, 15, shot in Brooklyn; and Sandy Phillips lost her daughter Jessica Ghawi, 24, killed in theater shooting in Aurora, CO.

Port Washington, New York, USA. 11th April 2016. HILLARY CLINTON, leading Democratic presidential primary candidate, purses her lips during a discussion on gun violence prevention with Rep. S. Israel, and with activists who lost family members due to shootings. The activists shared their stories of personal loss, and Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York, called for stronger gun legislation and vowed to take on the gun lobby NRA National Rifle Association. Clinton had several Long Island events scheduled this day, and New York presidential primary is April 19. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Port Washington, NY, USA. April 11, 2016. HILLARY CLINTON, Democratic presidential primary candidate, listens during a discussion on gun violence prevention. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann Parry.com)

The panelists supported Clinton’s call for tougher gun control legislation and vow to take on the gun lobby – NRA National Rifle Association.

And the security screening I and other Press went through was even stricter than it was for Hillary Clinton’s Book Signing two summers ago. Monday it involved a police dog, a variety of scanning equipment, police and agents checking people and their equipment multiple times and places – and more.

Hillary Clinton in Port Washington:   Gallery  |  Slideshow

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Bill Clinton Campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Elmont, NY

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 9, 2016

On Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton headlined an Organizing Event for his wife Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential primary candidate, at The Vault in Elmont.

Elmont, New York, USA. April 5, 2016. Former President Bill Clinton, wearing reading glasses, is the headline speaker as he campaigns at an Organizing Event rally in Elmont, Long Island, on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, and former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator for New York. The New York Democratic Primary takes place April 19th. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Elmont, New York, USA. April 5, 2016. Former President Bill Clinton campaigns at rally in Elmont, Long Island, on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential primary candidate. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, the Democratic candidate for the Special Election to fill the New York Senate seat left vacant by Skelos, introduced Pres. Clinton to a room that appeared packed beyond capacity with Hillary Clinton supporters, plus media.

Elmont, New York, USA. April 5, 2016. Former President BILL CLINTON is introduced by Assemblyman TODD KAMINSKY, the Democratic party’s candidate in a special election for the New York State Senate seat, at an Organizing Event in Elmont, Long Island, on behalf of Clinton's wife, Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate. The NY Senate seat Special Election and the New York Presidential Primary both take place April 19th. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Elmont, New York, USA. April 5, 2016. Former President BILL CLINTON is introduced by Assemblyman TODD KAMINSKY, the Democratic party’s candidate in special election for New York State Senate seat, at a rally in Elmont, on behalf of Clinton’s wife, Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential primary candidate. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After a campaign speech often punctuated with loud cheers and and applause from the audience, Pres. Clinton spent about 20 minutes exiting the room, as audience members took cell phone photos of, and with, the 42nd President of the USA. When Clinton had all but left, someone handed him a baby as cute as her crying was loud, and the President posed for more photos.

FYI: The New York presidential primary and the New York State Senate seat special election are both scheduled for April 19, 2016.

Pres. Bill Clinton in Elmont:   Gallery  |  Slideshow

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New York Primary Campaign Event

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 8, 2016

When Donald Trump, Republican presidential primary candidate and businessman, held his first Long Island rally on April 6, 2016, in Bethpage, I didn’t have an assignment to cover what was a well-attended event by both supporters and protestors.

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Trump Tower entrance with doorman and pedestrians, fisheye 180 degree view, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, NYC, USA, on June 27, 2011. NOTE: taken with fisheye lens (Ann E Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Manhattan, NY, USA. June 27, 2011. Trump Tower entrance, Fifth Avenue. 16mm Nikon 180 degree fisheye view lens. (© 2011 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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John Kasich Hosts Town Hall at Hofstra

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 8, 2016

This eventful week of presidential primary events on Long Island started off with John Kasich, Republican candidate and Governor of Ohio, hosting a Town Hall on Monday at Hofstra University.

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, speaks at the Town Hall he hosts at Hofstra University David Mack Student Center in Long Island. The New York primary is April 19, and Kasich is the first of the three GOP presidential candidates to campaign in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and is in third place in number of delegates won. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Town Hall he hosts at Hofstra University. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Maureen O’Brien, of Bethpage, brought a colorful, handmade “GO JOHNNY GO” poster, which I spotted while sitting on the floor near her front row seat.

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. MAUREEN O'BRIEN, from Bethpage, holds a 'GO Johnny GO' sign she brought to Town Hall hosted by JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, at Hofstra University David Mack Student Center in Long Island. O'Brien is a registered Republican and supports Kasich. The New York primary is April 19, and Kasich is the first of the three GOP presidential candidates to campaign in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and is in third place in number of delegates won. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. MAUREEN O’BRIEN, from Bethpage, holds a ‘GO Johnny GO’ sign she brought to Town Hall hosted by JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate, at Hofstra University.  (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When I gave Ms. O’Brien a heads up I might need to grab the back of her chair later on when I stood up, she offered to switch places with me.  I thanked her for such generosity, but ended up staying on the floor.

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, speaks at the Town Hall he's hosting at Hofstra University David Mack Student Center in Long Island. Audience includes senior citizens from Long Island AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) wearing red shirts with message 'Does Your Candidate Have A Plan For Social Security?' on back, . The New York primary is April 19, and Kasich is the first of the three GOP presidential candidates to campaign in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and is in third place in number of delegates won. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, speaks at the Town Hall he’s hosting at Hofstra University. Several Long Island members of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) wore red shirts with message ‘Does Your Candidate Have A Plan For Social Security?’ (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Since I had my sweatshirt under my knees when kneeling, I could comfortably focus on capturing the governor speaking – without notes – to the audience, which frequently applauded and cheered.

John Kasich Town Hall at Hofstra:   Gallery  |  Slideshow

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Ed Mangano, Tom Suozzi Debate, Nassau County Executive Candidates, 2013

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
October 13, 2013

On October 8, 2013, Republican incumbent EDWARD MANGANO, Nassau County Executive, and Democratic challenger THOMAS SUOZZI, former County Executive, had a heated debate hosted and moderated by the Nassau County Village Officials Association at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury.

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. 8th October 2013. R-L, Republican EDWARD MANGANO, the Nassau County Executive, and Democrat THOMAS SUOZZI, the former Nassau County Executive, are approached by supporters and media before the two face each other in a debate hosted by the Nassau County Village Officials Association, representing 64 incorporated villages with 450,000 residents, as the opponents face a rematch in the 2013 November elections.  (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. 8th October 2013. L-R, TOM SUOZZI and ED MANGANO before start of debate hosted by Nassau County Village Officials Assoc.  (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

More than once, the moderator asked for restraint from groups of hecklers in the audience.

Opponents Suozzi and Mangano face a rematch in the November 5, 2013 elections.

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On Edge of Fiscal Cliff

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 30, 2012

For America to avoid going off the “fiscal cliff” of broad tax hikes and spending cuts starting to phase in on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the Senate and House must agree on a bipartisan bill before then.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - At left, former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Democrat), and, at right, former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Republican), co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, speak at Hofstra University about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,? with (at center) moderator PATRICK SOCCI, Dean of Hofstra's Zarb School of Business. This event with the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan co-leaders, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – (L) ERSKINE BOWLES and (R) Sen. ALAN SIMPSON speak at Hofstra University about America’s Debt and Deficit Crises. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

On October 15, 2012, Former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Dem), and former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Rep) – co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt – spoke at Hofstra University about “America’s Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,” with moderator PATRICK SOCCI Dean of Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business. They discussed the seriousness of the fiscal debt, and the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan to decrease it and avoid the looming fiscal cliff.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on right there in lobby and wears it to event at Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playouse., The campaign's co-founders, Simpson and Bowles, speak in the auditorium about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions.? This event with the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-leaders of Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on there and wears it to event at Hofstra University’s event.  (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

After Bowles and Simpson spoke, the audience of students and other members of the Long Island community had a chance to ask them questions, on the night before Hofstra hosted the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney.

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