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Political Commentator Interview

Interview

Choose from the following options:

Option 1: Reagan Remembered Interview

Conduct an interview with someone who remembers Ronald Reagan and the 1980s.

• Identify someone who would be willing to share their recollections with you.
• Arrange the interview at least several days in advance to allow your interviewee time to prepare.

Formulate questions based around each of the following topics, and interview your person to obtain answers for each. Doing your own background research may help to keep the interview moving forward.

• Economic policies
• Principles of the New Right
• Iran Contra affair
• Social security and other social programs
• Raising the debt
• Military spending
• Cutting the size of the government
• Attempted assassination
• Hostages coming home
• Religious Right
• Supply-side economics
• Tea Party movement roots during the Reagan period

Option 2: Political Commentator Interview

Write the transcript of an interview with Ronald Reagan as if you were a Sunday morning political commentator and Ronald Reagan were alive today.

Watch "Ronald Reagan Presidency and Television", on this week's Electronic Reserve Readings page

Formulate questions based on each of the following topics and then write the answers that you believe Reagan would have given. Use at least some of Reagan's original language in answering your questions.

• Economic policies
• Principles of the New Right
• Iran Contra affair
• Social security and other social programs
• Raising the debt
• Military spending
• Cutting the size of the government
• Attempted assassination
• Hostages coming home
• Religious Right
• Supply-side economics
• Tea Party movement origins

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Interviewer: During the Reagan Administration how would you describe the policies that emanated from the president's plan for the economy?

Interviewee: The policies were predicated upon deregulation of certain sectors within the economy including banking as well as tax cuts. The government sought to balance the budget by cutting social welfare programs that affected many people including myself. In addition I remember that the administration focused on supply economics, which sought to increase business investment by focusing on a greater supply of goods and services.

Interviewer: How would you describe the emergence of the New Right during this time period?

Interviewee: Regan and the New Right were a coalition of economic conservatives, social conservatives, and other conservatives whose principles were focused on changing economic policies and foreign policies as well as applying a strict opposition towards Soviet Communism. This New Right was predicated upon social issues that were linked with the Religious Right or social conservatives who were against abortion and other social issues that propelled the New Right's direction and ascension into controlling the White House and the senate.

Interviewer: What are your personal thoughts on the Iran Contra affair?

Interviewee: I recall that this was a sordid affair that was made public in late 1986. My recollections are that Reagans' administration engaged ...

Solution Summary

The political commentator interviews are examined.

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