Political Communications Consultant Chris Sautter '78 Breaks Down Key Voting Blocs in WBEZ
Monday, June 25, 2012
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
WBEZ asked political communications consultant Chris Sautter '78 to break down the key voting blocs for Obama and Romney’s presidential campaigns. Here is what he had to say:
"Obama's basic coalition is women, Hispanics, African Americans, and upper income voters; his voting blocks--women, Hispanics, African Americans, and upper income voters.
Romney voting blocks--white men, white middle income voters, white non-college. Romney is obviously trying to break up the Obama 2008 winning coalition by making in-roads with women, Hispanics, and upper income voters. Republicans seem to have given up on African American voters."
Read more in WBEZ, "Presidential candidates vie for key voting blocs"
Chris Sautter is a political communications consultant. For nearly
three years he worked as political director of the Washington,
D.C.-based Axelrod Associates, a political media firm. From 1998 to
1991, Sautter worked with clients including Ohio Attorney General Lee
Fisher, Indiana Democratic Rep. Frank McCloskey and Indiana Rep. Jill
In 1992 Sautter opened his own political communications firm, Sautter Communications,
producing media for for several high-profile Democratic candidates,
namely President Barack Obama. He has worked with EMILY's List, an
organization aimed at electing pro-choice women. He also served as the
political director for Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) in his 1992 bid for
president and a member of the national staff for Illinois Democratic
Sen. Paul Simon's 1998 presidential campaign.
He has served as
special counsel to the Democratic National Committee on campaign finance
reform. He has also advised Democratic members of the House Oversight
Committee on contested elections. He is also an award-winning
documentary filmmaker, and he has directed films focused on politics and
the music industry. He is also an adjunct faculty member at American University.