The US election campaign: who will win and what will it mean for the world – a Washington insider’s view A lecture by Clark S. Judge, organized by the Danube Institute and the Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations, Corvinus University, Budapest The US Presidential election campaign is one of the most extraordinary of modern times, and its outcome is likely to affect all of us.The campaign was initially billed as a 1992 rematch — Bush versus Clinton all over again. Instead, a reality TV star and flamboyant real estate developer with no experience in government now leads one party’s nominating race. Donald Trump looks at once like a clown and a demagogue, but can he really become president? In the other party, an apparently eccentric 1930s-style socialist is mounting an astonishingly strong challenge. Has the United States lost its mind? Clark S. Judge, a former speechwriter in the Reagan White House, explained this American circus, what had brought the parade to town, and what it meant for Europe. As Managing Director of The White House Writers’ Group, Clark Judge has advised some of the world’s most prominent corporations in meeting their strategic and communications challenges in the US and elsewhere. For politicians, he has written many televised speeches, primarily during presidential campaigns. He has provided communications advice in support of numerous cases before the US Supreme Court. Mr. Judge served as Speechwriter and Special Assistant to both President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush. A member of the Moscow Summit speechwriting team in 1988, he was also the lead writer for the Toronto Economic Summit that year, and helped shape the White House approach to the 1988 presidential campaign. As an opinion journalist, he has written extensively on U.S politics, the international financial crisis, health care reform, the current state of the U.S. and global economies, and global security issues. Among the publications in which his work has appeared are the the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, NYTimes.com, USNews.com, Policy Review, National Review Online and Claremont Review of Books. He has been interviewed on major broadcast and cable news outlets including CBS, ABC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and the BBC.