U.S. Ambassador in Spain visits UEM

Alan Solomont speaks to students about the upcoming elections in the United States

23/10/2012


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Alan Solomont, U.S. Ambassador in Spain, spoke at Universidad Europea de Madrid on upcoming U.S. elections. He indicated the event election is, in his opinion, the most important decision its citizens make. "Candidates are positioned in the center, not clearly show trends, to win the undecided voters, as in states like Ohio or Colorado," said Solomont, adding: "You can segment the electorate in many ways: by geography, gender, economic class, age and generation, ethnicity, etc., but those who want to win the U.S. election must reach all these groups." During the debate held on October 3 between the current candidates, Solomont referenced the comments made by Mitt Romney about the situation in Spain "totally unfortunate".

Ambassador Solomont participated in a seminar titled "The 2012 US presidential election: media, messages and contexts", which organized by the Faculty of Arts and Communication at Universidad Europea de Madrid, in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States in Spain and the Real Instituto Elcano. The Ambassador spoke referred to the U.S. electoral system, a process that is, in his opinion, "far from perfect but truly democratic." He highlighted that the economy is the issue of greatest concern to Americans and the financial instability it has created is leading to " a situation of great political stress, as has happened in other stages of American history."

José María Peredo, an expert in International Relations and Director of Journalism and Languages ​​at UEM, opened the conference, a meeting that in his opinion "connects students with professional and social reality through some of the country's leading voices on the analysis and study of American politics." Beside him, the American political scientist, Huffington Post blogger and UEM professor, Alana Moceri, discussed the functioning of the electoral system in the United States and emphasized the importance of political debates because "they are the perfect showcase to check the skills of the candidates." About the positions of candidates, Alana Moceri called Obama's attitude "cautious", which is the image he wants to project to voters.

Bienvenido Gazapo, a UEM faculty member, spoke about the power of religion in the vote: "religion has no direct influence in elections, but Americans are very religious and, in fact, since the creation of the country it has been a tool, a lathe that has been shaping freedom, and that has affected the election process."

This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.