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Political Pundit James Carville to Give Election Eve Talk at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — One of American’s best-known political pundits, James Carville, will give a free public talk at Ithaca College on the eve of the 2010 midterm elections. His presentation is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; overflow seating with a simulcast broadcast of his talk will be available in IC Square on the ground floor of Phillips Hall.

Carville’s books will be for sale, and there will be a book signing opportunity following his talk, which is sponsored by the Park Distinguished Visitor series.

As a Democratic strategist, Carville has a lengthy list of electoral successes, showing a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners. His most prominent achievement came in 1992, when he guided the presidential campaign of Bill Clinton — using the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid” — all the way to the White House.

Nicknamed the “Ragin’ Cajun,” Carville is a frequent contributor to CNN as well as a best-selling author, producer and talk show host. A resident of New Orleans with his wife, Republican political pundit Mary Matalin, he recently predicted that this election will be a political “hurricane” for the Democratic Party, with the only question being how bad a hurricane.
Carville’s books include “All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President” (with Matalin); “We’re Right, They’re Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives”; and “40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation.”

In recent years, rather than serving as a paid consultant for domestic candidates, Carville has focused on international politics, including leading Ehud Barak to victory in his campaign to become the Prime Minister of Israel in 1999.

Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent, nonprofit polling organization dedicated to making government more responsive to the American people. He has also cohosted a sports talk show on Sirius XM satellite radio and teaches in the political science department at Tulane University.

The Park Distinguished Visitor series is sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications and is made possible through the generosity of the Park Foundation. Past visitors have included Arianna Huffington, Tom Wolfe, Christiane Amanpour, Ken Burns and Bill Moyers.