Background Briefing: August 12, 2020


The Washington Post Reporter who was Embedded in Kamala Harris’s Presidential Primary Campaign

We begin with a profile of Kamala Harris, Biden’s pick as his Vice Presidential running mate, and speak with Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post reporter who was embedded in Harris’s presidential primary campaign. A national political reporter with the Washington Post, she joins us to discuss how Kamala Harris started her campaign off with a bang attracting a massive crowd for her announcement as a candidate then ending up polling at only 5% before dropping out early. But as fate would happen, at the end of the day, she came in second and now Kamala Harris could become president of the United States in 2024.


What Will Kamala Harris Bring to the On-going Struggle For Racial Justice?

Then with a woman of color on the Democratic ticket whose father was Jamacian and her mother from India, we look into what Kamala Harris brings to the on-going struggle for racial justice and speak with Christopher Parker, a Professor of Social Justice and Political Science at the University of Washington who is the principal investigator of the Multi-State Survey on Race and Politics. He joins us to discuss his article at The Washington Post, “How reckless White allies could lead to the reelection of Trump” and how to avoid giving Trump campaign fodder and not undermine the non-violent tactics of the Black Lives Matter movement.


The Presidential Predictor Who Always Gets It Right On His Prediction Biden Will Win in November

Then finally we speak with Allan Lichtman, an historian at American University who studies both the American Right and the presidency and is the author of The Keys to the White House: A Surefire Way to Predicting the Next President, a system that has correctly predicted the outcomes of all U.S. presidential elections since 1984 including Trump’s upset victory in 2016. We will discuss why he thinks Biden will win in November and what could possibly go wrong with his latest prediction.