Political Expert Duncan Shares Insight Regarding Presidential Race Hot Buttons

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He also referenced surrounding remarks which evidenced the volatility that moral and ethical issues can create in campaigns.
Reporter Chuck Webber interviews Dr. Duncan

Reporter Chuck Webber interviews Dr. Duncan

August 23, 2012

When a downtown West Palm Beach anti-abortion rally was held as part of an effort to raise the profile of the issue as a major campaign concern in battleground states such as Florida, WPBF, South Florida's ABC affiliate, turned to Northwood Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan to get perspective.

"As the presidential election draws near, voters on both sides will become more vocal regarding strong political issues, and the issue of abortion is very important to many," said Duncan who shared his belief that a majority of voters will be concerned about multiple issues that will influence their vote.

Duncan noted that many voters still view the economy, jobs, the national debt, and budget deficits as major concerns, but other issues may come to the forefront – such as gay marriage, government imposed contraceptive availability, and abortion. Duncan also referenced the recent controversy surrounding remarks made by Senate candidate Todd Akin in Missouri as evidence of the volatility that moral and ethical issues can create in campaigns.

Recently appointed Northwood Florida President in July, President Duncan served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as Director of the Division of Professional Registration from 1985-1992. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) in Springfield, Missouri from 1980-1984. He later served colleges and universities in California, Arizona, and Ohio.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in Missouri and Wisconsin.