March 6, 2020
Policy Breakfast: Super Tuesday & Foreign Policy, March 4, 2020
On Wednesday, March 4, the French-American Foundation hosted a Policy Breakfast on the results of Super Tuesday and its impact on the election cycle. The closed-door event was organized in collaboration with the French Consulate of New York and gathered leaders from various sectors to examine Super Tuesday from domestic and global perspectives.
The Foundation welcomed two Young Leaders as guest speakers at the breakfast. Richard Fontaine, President of the Center for a New American Security, and Adam Hodge, Senior VP – External Affairs at Ariel Investments, drew from their respective careers in politics and public policy to engage in frank dialogue surrounding the 2020 election process.
The event began with a discussion of the Super Tuesday results. The speakers examined the surprising and expected turnout rates for Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. The group analyzed election distributions by state, the influence of prior candidates who had dropped out of the race before March 3, and the role that momentum played for different candidates.
The discussion shifted to predictions for the rest of the election cycle. The speakers responded to audience questions about strategies that Sanders and Biden could take to secure the nomination, the potential strengths and weaknesses of each candidate against President Trump, and the running mates that each candidate might choose.
From a global perspective, the group analyzed the degree to which foreign policy has played a role in the campaigns of Sanders and Biden and how the international community views each candidate. The discussion ended with an insight into external interference in the election cycle.
The French-American Foundation’s Policy Breakfast series offers regular opportunities for leaders to discuss international affairs, public policy, and current events with experts in their respective fields.