Democrats Greatly Outnumber Republicans as Commencement Day Speakers
(WASHINGTON) -- A conservative watchdog of the nation's higher education system says that Democratic politicians easily outnumber Republicans when it comes to being invited to give college commencement addresses in May. Campus Reform says Democrats have to a two-to-one advantage with President Obama actually scheduled for two speeches at the University of California, Irvine and West Point while first lady Michelle Obama will address students at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore all have invites to college campuses as well. Meanwhile, Campus Reform says Democratic congressmen and governors have also doubled up on their GOP counterparts.
Some potential candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination are scheduled commencement day speakers, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at New Jersey’s public Rowan University, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at Concordia University Wisconsin.
Naturally, wherever commencement speakers go, controversy usually follows. In the latest case, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is facing controversy from not one but two colleges.
Members of the faculties at both the University of Minnesota and Rutgers University have called upon their administrations to rescind their invitations to Rice because of their opposition to the policies of the last Republican president.
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