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Setting The Stage: Three Dimensions Of Surfacing For 2016

C. A. Smith
Published 2017 · Political Science

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In this chapter, Smith explores how our four-year national conversation rhetorically reconstituted the electoral landscape and shaped the subsequent nomination campaigns. In describing the surfacing phase of the 2016 campaign, Smith identifies three kinds of surfacing. It was a national conversation that concerned not only aspiring candidates but evolving structures such as laws, rules, and calendars as well as evolving issue priorities and their publics. Smith argues that the 2016 presidential campaign occurred in a rhetorical political landscape quite different from that of 2012 that greatly influenced the nomination campaigns of both parties. It is equally unlikely that the 2016 landscape will frame the 2020 campaign.

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