WHEELING - Columnist, author and political analyst Scott Rasmussen is expected to talk about the upcoming presidential election when he visits the West Liberty University Economics Club on June 21.
Rasmussen is founder and president of Rasmussen Reports and a weekly columnist for The Intelligencer. He became a best-selling author this year with his book "The People's Money," and he has a reputation for developing and delivering reliable public opinion data.
He is scheduled to speak to the WLU Economics Club during a noon luncheon June 21 at River City Ale Works in Wheeling. The event is part of the club's lecture series, funded by a grant from BB&T. Jeff Knierim, vice president for Community Engagement at WLU, said the goal of the series is to engage the community in open and free discussion on the merits of the free market.
"Scott Rasmussen is one of the leading pollsters in the country, and we are very pleased to be able to host him," Knierim said.
Knierim pointed out that Rasmussen accurately predicted the results of the 2008 presidential election and said he looks forward to hearing Rasmussen's thoughts about the November race between President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
In 2008, Rasmussen projected Obama would defeat John McCain by a 52 percent to 46 percent margin. Obama won 53 percent to 46 percent.
In addition to his work analyzing poll numbers and commenting on current events, Rasmussen wrote two other books: "Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System" and "In Search of Self-Governance."
Knierim said Rasmussen joins a long list of notable speakers who have addressed the WLU Economics Club. Among them are former GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, political strategist Dick Morris, Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal and Jonah Goldberg, founding editor of National Review Online and a twice-a-week columnist for the Wheeling News-Register.
"We've had quite a who's who as far as speakers presenting to the Economics Club over the last few years," Knierim said.
Those wishing to attend Goldberg's lecture should call Knierim at 304-336-8301 or email jknierim@ westliberty.edu.