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Annual Conference Day 2 — A Presidential Election During the Time of COVID-19

The 2020 presidential election has provided Americans with one of the wildest political roller-coaster rides in 20 years. Predicted to be a blowout, a winner wasn’t announced until four days after Election Day as Americans waited for the votes to be counted. Even now, contestants on both sides anticipate a court battle before the results are finalized. At this year's annual conference, the Baker Institute’s Presidential Elections Program hosted political experts from around the country to examine the lead-up to the elections and the ramifications of the aftermath during a three-day program.

On the second day of the conference, members of the George W. Bush and Al Gore legal teams in 2000 compared what happened after Election Day 2020 to the Florida recount of 2000. Following this, co-chairs Stephanie Cutter, who served as the deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, and Beth Myers, who served as a senior advisor on Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign for president and as campaign manager for his 2008 presidential race, offered their remarks.

For more details, please see the agenda below. To view information for the other two days, please click here.

This event was sponsored by the Presidential Elections Program. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter, and join the conversation online with #BakerElections.

Panel III




Agenda — Day 2

11:00 a.m.



11:05 a.m.



Panel III: Another 2000?

Moderated by: Richard H. Pildes, J.D., Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law

Benjamin Ginsberg, J.D.
Partner, Jones Day; National Counsel, Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns 2004 and 2000 

Mitchell W. Berger, J.D.
Founder and Co-Chair, Berger Singerman; Attorney for Vice President Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman in Bush v. Gore (post-2000 election lawsuits)

12:20 p.m.



Moderated Conversation with the Co-Chairs

Moderated by: Dana Bash, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN 

Stephanie Cutter
Political Commentator, CNN; Deputy Campaign Manager, President Barack Obama’s 2012 Re-election Campaign

Beth Myers, J.D.
Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics; Senior Advisor, Mitt Romney's 2012 Presidential Campaign; Campaign Manager, Mitt Romney's 2008 Presidential Campaign

1:00 p.m.


Closing Remarks


Wed, Dec. 2, 2020
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


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