Breakfast meeting with David Wasserman

12/19/2018

Within the framework of his visit to Spain on 18 – 19 December, the Fundación organized in the International Institute in Madrid a breakfast meeting with the renowned American analyst David Wasseman, US House Editor at The Cook Political Report, with the aim to learn first-hand his particular vision of the 2018 midterm election results as well as the challenges that both the Democratic and Republican parties will face in the run up to 2020 presidential elections. This relevant appointment in the American electoral calendar took place on 6 November and gave Democrats control over the House of Representatives, whereas Republicans gained a majority in the Senate.

In his presentation, Wasserman shared with the audience his main conclusions. First of all, results show a clear dichotomy between the vote in urban areas, that mostly supported Democrats, against rural areas, in which Republicans achieved large majorities. He also highlighted as a good sign the rise of women elected to the US House, associated to the awaken of the young vote. On the other side, he finds it unlikely that election results may reverse President Trump’s tariffs on trade or affect against him the investigation process over the supposed interference of Russia in 2016 presidential elections.

After the meeting, Secretary General Manuel Mª Lejarreta gave Mr. Wasserman the catalogue of the exhibition organized by the Fundación “Designing America: Spain’s Imprint in the U.S.”, currently open to the public at the Historic Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio (TX).

The previous evening, Mr. Wasserman gave an open conference in Casa de América under the topic “The Future of American politics after the 2018 Midterm Elections”, as part of the conference cycle “América vota”. To watch the full conference video, click here.