Clinton to lecture Sabato’s class Monday
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) will be a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia Monday, February 11. The Clinton campaign confirms that she will address professor and political pundit Larry Sabato's Introduction to American Politics class at 3pm, tentatively scheduled for the main auditorium at Wilson Hall. The lecture comes less than 24 hours before the polls open for the February 12 Virginia Democratic presidential primary.
"We just confirmed it this afternoon," says Sabato. "This class has had Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan in addition to over 100 senators, governors, and cabinet officers, and this will be another wonderful opportunity for the students to learn directly from someone very important."
Sabato says he e-mailed the remaining presidential candidates news that the lecture slot was open to the candidate who wanted it, and "Clinton was fastest on the draw."
Ever mindful of the academic setting, Sabato has asked the campaign for ample time for a question and answer period following the lecture. "Every minute of this class is reserved for the students," he says. "Media won't be allowed to ask questions. I won't even ask any questions."
Sabato raised some eyebrows last June when he wrote a column called "The Hillary Dilemma" on his "Crystal Ball" website. Referring to the possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidency, Sabato wrote, "That every president from 1989 to 2017 may be a Bush or a Clinton is a national disgrace. What happened to the American republic? How does it differ from a banana republic– where a couple of families often run everything for generations?"
Asked about those words today, Sabato says, "I can say truthfully that I've written critical columns about every candidate running. People often focus on one to the exclusion of others, and it's just so foolish. I'm not going to parrot people's press releases. I won't ever do it for anybody."
No word yet on whether there will be a Clinton event open to the public while she's in town.