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CNN analyst Gergen talks politics at UWL



You often hear political pundits talk about ‘if the election were held today.’ 

A popular CNN political analyst had such a prediction in La Crosse last night. 

David Gergen told an audience at UW-L that Donald Trump would win big and probably take Wisconsin again, if the presidential election happened now. 

Gergen says ideas of socialism proposed by Bernie Sanders could hurt Democrats in the campaign. 

And he realizes that Wisconsin has had some experience supporting socialism, joking that Milwaukee’s past support of socialist candidates might have had something to do with the Democrats holding their convention there this summer.    

Gergen also says he’d like to see Joe Biden promise that he would serve just one term if he’s elected, and to bring in a diverse team to help run the country.  

Gergen says the next four years in America are “going to be rough,” no matter who wins the presidential race, but he also thinks the country is “going to get better.” 

Gergen lamented the change in politics, compared to the old days when Republican President Ronald Reagan could get along with Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill. 

He says it’s “healthy” for people to disagree with each other, but they need to be able to work together.            

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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