Do the People Rule?Sunday, June 5 | 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
- Current Affairs
On June 7, Californians will vote in the state’s Presidential primary. How did this system get its start? What does that mean for political machinations today? Author and scholar Geoffrey Cowan, the former dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, tells the wild story of how Teddy Roosevelt created the primaries system in 1912 to manipulate his own re-election over the election of his hand-picked successor. TR argued that with primaries, the people rule. Do they really?