Historical Museum presents "An Evening with Mark Halperin"
Time magazine and ABC News political analyst will discuss new book Nov. 7 at Museum

For immediate release October 26, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – Still undecided about which candidate to support in the Iowa caucuses?

Learn more about the candidates and the 2008 election when Time magazine and ABC News political analyst Mark Halperin discusses his new book, The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President, at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 2007 at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. “An Evening with Mark Halperin” is free and open to the public. Books will be on sale and available for signing.

The Historical Museum is presenting the event in conjunction with its new exhibit, “Caucus Iowa,” which explores the history of the Iowa caucuses, demystifies Iowa’s unique brand of citizen-democracy, and offers a more comprehensive and realistic image of Iowa to national and international audiences.

Halperin has covered White House races for nearly two decades, bringing a wealth of hands-on expertise to his new book about the men and woman vying to become the 44th President of the United States.

As Halperin notes in his introduction, “Bill Clinton has described campaigning for president as a job interview, with the application process comprised of unrelenting media scrutiny and a grueling coast-to-coast gauntlet of events and debates. Consider these pages a compilation of the references, dossiers, and supporting material for the major applicants, and yourself part of the national hiring committee.”

Filled with up-to-minute information, The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President gives readers a chance to meet all the candidates, compare them side by side, and then make an informed decision.

Halperin spotlights the seven people with the greatest chance to succeed George W. Bush – Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson – and profiles the long shots including Ron Paul, Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg.

He examines the personalities, backgrounds, values, qualifications, families, political skills, platforms, strengths and weaknesses of this diverse group as well as their little-known quirks, habits and hobbies. He discusses why each candidate can and can’t win a general election and imagines best and worst case scenarios for each contender’s presidency.

Halperin also explains their positions on crucial issues like Iraq, the war on terror, the environment, taxes, abortion, gay marriage, education, stem cell research, immigration and health care. His findings and analysis will help voters figure out which hopeful has the bona fides – the policy plans, the political substance, the character and the readiness – to handle the toughest job in the world.

The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President: Who the Candidates Are, Where They Come From, and How You Can Choose is published by Harper Perennial.


Mark Halperin is an editor-at-large and senior political analyst at Time magazine and a political analyst for ABC News. Prior to joining Time, Halperin worked at ABC News for almost 20 years, where he covered five presidential elections and served as political director from November 1997 to April 2007. He also appeared regularly on ABC News TV and radio as a political correspondent and analyst. Halperin is the founder and editor of The Note, an influential daily tip sheet dedicated to American politics that appears online at www.abcnews.go.com, and he is the co-author of The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008. Halperin is a Harvard graduate and lives in New York City.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.


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