U.S. Election & Masculinity


As President Obama says, "No two nations are woven together more deeply, economically and culturally than the United States and Canada". And it will stay that way no matter who inhabits the White House after tonight's vote count. Today, we're asking what a Romney Win or an Obama Win will mean to our politics. And while we're at it, we'll hear how the politics of "Manhood" plays into the U.S. Presidential vote.

U.S. Election - Who is best for Canada?

You may not know it from the amount of attention the US presidential election receives in this country... but Canadians do not actually get to vote in today's U.S. election, unless they are dual citizens. Still, Canadians have lots to say about who they want to win. We heard from people on the street

If Canada were a U.S. State, it would be blue -- sky blue, Democratic blue. Polls suggest 72 per cent of Canadians would cast votes for Barack Obama and just ten per cent for Mitt Romney. But blue or red, we'll have to live with whomever American voters send to the White House. His impact on this country will be profound from the economy to energy to foreign relations.

To talk about who would be the better President for Canada , we were joined by two guests.

Canadian David Frum is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and the author of several books including Comeback: Conservatism that Can Win Again and most recently his first novel, Patriots. He was also a speech writer for former President George W. Bush. David Frum joined us now from Washington, D.C.

And Jennifer Welsh is a Canadian professor of international relations at Oxford University and the author of At Home in the World: Canada's Global Vision for the 21st Century. We reached her at her office in Oxford, England.

This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino, Sujata Berry and Jessica DeMello.

U.S. Election & Masculinity - Author of Leading Men

"Attacking" has become almost a blood sport in U.S. presidential campaigns. That exchange was from the second debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. The media recalled how "the gloves came off" and how President Obama went in for the kill to make up for his so-called "weak" performance in the first debate.

Our next guest says that all this sports talk to describe campaigning is no accident . He believes when Americans vote today, many will really vote on who they think the most "masculine" president will be.

Jackson Katz is the author of Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood and he was in Long Beach, California this morning.

This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar.

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