Posted by William Nunnelley on 2008-09-28

Washington Post columnist and associate editor Eugene Robinson spent a busy day at Samford University Thursday, Sept. 25, visiting journalism classes and the student newspaper and meeting with Honors Students before delivering the J. Roderick Davis-Timothy Sumner Robinson Lecture in Wright Center Concert Hall.

Robinson spoke on "Election 2008: The Highest Stakes" in his lecture. He said race would be a factor in the election but not to the extent it would have been 20 or 30 years ago. Despite various polls, "We have no firm idea of who's going to win," he said. He added that Iraq would be "a millstone around the country's neck" through the next presidency, whoever wins.

The Davis-Robinson Lecture honors J. Roderick Davis, the former Samford arts and sciences dean who continues to teach English at the University, and the late Timothy Sumner Robinson, a Samford graduate who covered the Watergate hearings for The Post during a distinguished journalism career.

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Political columnist Eugene Robinson says race will matter on election day


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