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ELECTION DAY: NOVEMBER, 2012 AMERICAN ELECTIONS. PLAN I - A basic understanding of US Elections A- American election, the rules matter… B- Presidential.

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1 ELECTION DAY: NOVEMBER, 2012 AMERICAN ELECTIONS

2 PLAN I - A basic understanding of US Elections A- American election, the rules matter… B- Presidential campaign, money matter… II- The Agenda: III- The main candidates

3 I-A American elections, the rules matter… The American paradox : a world audience but a non electoral political participation and a no deep interest Indirect Elections: a comprehensive and complex process Importance of federalism: the winner take all Indirect elections: an unfair system? Two-party system : Democrats and Republicans

4 I-B PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, MONEY MATTER… KEY ROLE OF MONEY IN AMERICAN ELECTION

5 I-B PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, MONEY MATTER… OBAMA, THE EXPERT OF DONATION CAMPAIGN THE IMPORTANCE OF PRIVATE FINANCING 2 TYPES OF RESOURCES FOR PRIVATE FINANCING : ORGANIZATION - POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PAC)

6 2- AGENDA

7 II- Agenda, the Key stages Stage1 selection stage: January-September 2012  5 month process : primaries and national conventions for each party  June 2012 – End of Presidential Primaries (Montana et south Dakota). Stage 2 real political battle : Sept- Nov  6 November, – Presidential Election day  January, : Inauguration day – Effective starting date for the new president

8 The candidates ✔ Only 2 major contemporary party have political power in the states ✔ They have distinctive core values and representations:

9 III-B Picture of 4 top Republican presidential candidates 2012

10 Picture of 4 top Republican presidential candidates 2012

11 Vocabulary : Key words ✔ Grassroots ✔ Endorsement ✔ Super Tuesday ✔ Caucus ✔ Ballot ✔ Voters turnout ✔ Indirect elections ✔ Electoral colleges ✔ GOP (Grand Old Party) ✔ The winner takes all

12 To go further…. ★ English websites: ✔ The washington Post Politics ✔ The HUFFINGTON POST, elections 2012 ✔ Real Clear Politics Elections ★ French Websites: ✔ L’EXPRESS.FR, éléctions américaines de 2012 ✔ FRANCE USA MEDIA, the Ben Franklin Post ★ Blogs: ✔ I LOVE POLITICS ✔ AMERICA POLIPHONY


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