The Language of Politics and Political Campaigns; David James

How does one make an effective argument in politics? How does one defend against inaccurate information that seems to take on a life of its own? This talk will discuss how language is used to frame political arguments, specifically in political campaigns.

David W. James is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and holds a BA in political science from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He has extensive experience in media relations which began in 1995 with then-U.S. Senator John Ashcroft. James served the entire Senate term with Ashcroft in a variety of press capacities and was the Communications Director for the 2000 Senate campaign for Ashcroft. James went on to serve in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice, in the White House Office of Communications, as Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party’s Victory 2002 effort, as Regional Spokesperson for the RNC, and as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs. Most recently, James served as spokesperson for the Senate Campaign in Florida for Congressman Connie Mack.