Upcoming Conference

2020 Vision: Inside the Presidential Campaign

Friday January 24, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. | Town & Gown, 665 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Warschaw Conference on Practical Politics

Joined by top political strategists, journalists, and academics, this conference offers an insider’s look into the 2020 presidential campaign leading up to the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary. We will engage in candid discussions on the state of the Democratic presidential race, the California primary election, the changing American electorate, and the general election landscape.

RSVP HERE, code: 2020
Lunch and refreshments provided.

Free for current USC students, staff, and faculty
$30 General Admission
$20 Alumni

10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. “10 Days to Iowa: How Cloudy is the Democratic Pool?”
This panel will examine campaign strategies and the lead up to the early primary states in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.

  • Joel Benenson - Pollster and strategist for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns; CEO, Benenson Strategies
  • Tad Devine - Strategist/adviser for Andrew Yang 2020; Chief Strategist for Bernie Sanders 2016; Senior Adviser for Al Gore and John Kerry's presidential campaigns
  • Steve McMahon -Democratic strategist; Media consultant for Barack Obama, Howard Dean, Richard Gephardt, and Ted Kennedy’s presidential campaigns; CEO, Purple Strategies
  • Ellyn Toscano - Former chief policy adviser for Congressman Jose E. Serrano; Senior Director of Programming, Partnership and Community Engagement, New York University

Moderated by Morris Levy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, USC Dornsife

1:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. “The California Primary: Who Can Strike Gold?”
This panel will examine how California’s earlier primary will impact the Democratic race.

  • Bill Carrick - Strategist for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and President Bill Clinton
  • Nicholas Goldberg - Editorial Page Editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Carla Marinucci - Senior Writer, POLITICO’s California Playbook

Moderated by Conan Nolan, Political Reporter and Host of News Conference, KNBC

Lunch break 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

1:50 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. “Boomers vs. Millennials: The Changing American Electorate”
This panel will examine the new demography of the 2020 electorate and the impact of voters in the rust belt, white women and younger voters.

  • Todd Harris - Senior strategist for Sen. Marco Rubio 2016; Spokesman for Sen. John McCain, Gov. Jeb Bush, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Jane Junn - Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies, USC Dornsife; USC Associates Chair in Social Sciences
  • Cesar Martinez - Media strategist for Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns
  • Doug Thornell - Principal, SKD Knickerbocker; former media strategist for Democratic National Committee; adviser, Congressional Black Caucus; spokesman for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign

Moderated by Ron Christie, Political Analyst, BBC; Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush; Deputy Assistant to Vice President Cheney for Domestic Policy; Fall ‘19 Fellow, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

3:20 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. “From the Campaign Trail to the White House: What Matters and Why?”
This panel will explore how the primary campaigns and developments in Washington are shaping the general election landscape.

  • Christian Grose - Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, USC Dornsife; Academic Director, USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy
  • Betsy Fischer Martin - Emmy-winning journalist, former TV News Executive; Executive Director, Women and Politics Institute, American University
  • Adam Nagourney - Los Angeles Bureau Chief, New York Times; Fall '19 Fellow, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future
  • Mike Murphy - Co-Director, Center for the Political Future; political analyst for NBC News; former Senior Strategist for John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign

Moderated by Robert M. Shrum, Director, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future; Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics; Strategist for Al Gore, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy’s presidential campaigns

More to be announced.

Please contact cpf@usc.edu or call (213) 740-5596 for questions.