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Eric Cantor to Address Washington and Lee Mock Convention

House Majority Leader and Virginia Representative Eric Cantor will address Washington and Lee University’s 2012 Republican Mock Convention on Friday, February 10, 2012.

One of the most influential Republicans in Congress, Cantor has served in the House of Representatives since 2001 and was elected Majority Leader in 2010. A proponent of a strong national defense, Cantor formerly chaired chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.

The Weekly Standard featured him as one of the “Young Guns of the House GOP,” and Congressional Quarterly has described him as “the GOP’s communicator, rainmaker and consensus builder.”

Cantor received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, his law degree from The College of William and Mary, and his master’s degree from Columbia University in New York.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held in the Warner Center. Tickets are available at mockconvention.com.

Mock Convention is a two-day event that will feature speeches by other distinguished politicians and analysts. The event will culminate in the prediction of the Republican presidential nominee.

In addition to Cantor, speakers will include analysts James Carville and Ann Coulter, who will stage a debate; former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee; and former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour.

W&L’s Mock Convention is a quadrennial tradition where students pick the presidential nominee for the party out of power. Nearly the entire W&L student body, roughly 99% of all students, works for three years researching potential candidates, tracking polls, and gathering on-the-ground data. With only two incorrect predictions since 1948, and an overall accuracy rate of over 75 percent, Mock Con has been called “the most realistic” exercise of its kind by Newsweek magazine.

After incorrectly selecting Hillary Clinton as the 2008 Democratic nominee, the students are eager to prove their skills in the upcoming convention. Speakers of Mr. Cantor’s caliber solidify the convention’s credibility and will ensure that in 2012 W&L Mock Convention will reaffirm its place as “the biggest and boomingest” of student political organizations (TIME Magazine).


Kali McFarland ’12
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