Likeability in Politics

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 (Pete Souza/The White House)

A recent Gallup poll reported that Americans find President Obama more likeable than Mitt Romney, but it remains to be seen whether a cheery disposition and sense of humor will carry the day in November. What makes a politician likeable? Can personality overcome other perceived deficits?

Guests:

Peter Beinart, associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, senior political writer for The Daily Beast-Newsweek and senior fellow at the New America Foundation

Bruce Cain, professor of political science at Stanford University and director designate of the Bill Lane Center for the American West

Morris Fiorina, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

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