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Considered one of Texas’ top political observers, Cal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, has studied President Bush’s rise to power first in Texas and then nationally. He is the author of several books, including his new one, Pursuing the American Dream: Opportunity and Exclusion Over Four Centuries, as well as a widely used American government textbook. Contact him at 214-768-7650.

Jillson is available to speak on the following topics:

  • The race between Barack Obama and John McCain for President
  • The rise of George Bush
  • Wedge issues (such as gay marriage)
  • Third parties
  • Texas primaries
  • Texas politics
  • The partisan divide
  • State of the Union Address
  • Political/nominating conventions
  • Presidential primary season
  • McCain-Feingold Law and campaign finance reform
  • Redistricting fights
  • The race between John Cornyn and Rick Noriega for U.S. Senate