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Buckey discusses political lessons

Jul 28, 2011   |   by Angie Cho   |   The Dartmouth

Based on his experience running for United States Senate in 2008, Dartmouth Medical School professor Jay Buckey presented four lessons he learned about American politics at a lecture on Friday afternoon. Buckey, who laughed in response to one audience member’s “Buckey 2012” sign, explained the nature of fundraising in political campaigns and the importance of increased focus on the science and technology industries in U.S. politics.

Buckey — whose primary platform during his 2008 campaign focused on improving state science, technology and engineering programs — withdrew from the primary race after a nine-month race against former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., The Dartmouth previously reported. Shaheen, who currently serves as a U.S. Senator, ultimately won the state seat.

Although the campaign occurred three years ago, Buckey said the experience gave him “special insight” that still applies today regarding the American political system. Buckey said he learned about the importance of fundraising to any campaign’s success.

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