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Professor available to comment on presidential candidate debates

January 30, 2008

Allan Louden, associate professor of communication at Wake Forest University, can provide expert commentary and post-debate analysis for tonight’s (Jan. 30) Republican debate.  The debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., will be the final debate among Republican presidential candidates before Super Tuesday. 

Louden can also provide commentary on the Democratic debate on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles.

He is an expert on political debates and political campaigns and advertising.  He posts debate analysis on, a Web site devoted to encouraging lively analysis of political debates.  The site was created by Wake Forest’s Director of Debate Ross Smith.

Louden has provided expert commentary and debate analysis for USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Newsweek and a wide range of other national media outlets.   He also served as Elizabeth Dole’s debate coach during the 2002 U.S. Senate race and has published papers on such topics as “Audience Recall of Issues and Image in Political Debates.” 

Louden is available today or tonight and can be reached at (336) 406-8451.  He can also be reached through the Wake Forest University News Service at (336) 758-5237.

Wake Forest has a studio with a satellite uplink and ISDN connectivity.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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