North Central professor to attend both national conventions

Stephen Maynard Caliendo is set to attend both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Stephen Maynard Caliendo is set to attend both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. | File photo

North Central College political science professor Stephen Maynard Caliendo is set to attend both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions to witness the historic events first hand.

According to Caliendo, who is also the dean of North Central’s College of Arts and Sciences, this election’s conventions stand to be different from recent conventions, which he describes as “pep rallies."

“There might be some interesting activities this year, particularly in Cleveland, as a result of Republican party leaders’ concern about the Donald Trump candidacy,” Caliendo said. “[The rise of Trump] has been perplexing to political pundits and political scientists alike. Much of what we thought we understood about the American electorate will need to be questioned after this election.”

A frequent commentator for national and local political news outlets, Caliendo highlighted other factors that make this election cycle historically notable.

“The first woman will be nominated as a presidential candidate for a major political party in the United States,” he said of the Democrats' event in Philadelphia. “Second, it has not been routine in recent history that we have a presidential election that does not feature a sitting president or vice president as a candidate. 2008 is an obvious exception.”

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