LAS VEGAS (April 2, 2016) - In a spirited yet civil political discussion, two members of opposing political parties agreed on one major point – Donald Trump will not be elected president of the United States.
Karl Rove, former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, and Howard Dean, who served as governor of Vermont and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, made the same prediction at the 2016 NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas. Mike Allen, chief White House correspondent for Politico, moderated a discussion between the two political heavy weights.
"It’s not going to happen,” Rove said, after listing numerous Trump negatives, including past bankruptcies. “He has to get to what he calls ‘the magic number’” of delegates to win the Republican nomination, “and he will have difficulty getting there.”
Dean and Rove, who remain key players in American politics, also discussed the tremendous social change that has culminated in what Dean called “the summer of Trump and gridlock in Washington.” Rove does not think Senator Ted Cruz will secure the nomination either, but speculates another candidate—as yet unknown will secure the Republican nominee.
The two also discussed the animosity between the two major political parties and called on whoever becomes president to reach across the aisle and develop inclusive relationships.
Other topics addressed during the hour-long discussion included the dwindling power of the news media, lack of substantive political reporting and the public’s yearning for controversy that is more akin to reality TV. Dean said Trump’s constant “outrageous statements” win him more television airtime than other candidates.
The main clash between Dean and Rove came over Hillary Clinton. Dean, an outspoken supporter of Clinton, told attendees they should be unconcerned about various controversies surrounding her past work, including Clinton’s private email server and the Benghazi fallout. Rove strongly refuted Dean’s points.
When questioned why Clinton doesn’t come across better to the public, Dean said that political one-upmanship is not her strong point. “She is a better statesperson than she is a candidate,” Dean stressed.
More than 25,000 new-car and -truck dealers and their managers, as well as dealers from over 30 countries, auto industry executives and exhibitor staff attended the NADA convention Las Vegas.
Founded in 1917, NADA will celebrate its 100-year anniversary during the 2017 NADA convention in New Orleans, which will run from Jan. 26-29.
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