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Charlotte Talks Politics: Coronavirus And Economy Turn Election On Its Head

Chris Miller

Monday, March 23, 2020

Wasn't it just a few weeks ago that the dust was settling on an impeachment trial and Bernie Sanders was seen as a runaway train in the Democratic presidential race?

In short order, politics has been consumed by the intertwining crises of the coronavirus pandemic and a severe economic downturn.

Voting has ground to a halt in the Democratic primaries after Joe Biden's sweep of Florida, Illinois and Arizona, which left Sanders reassessing the future of his campaign.

Washington continues to cobble together a response to the pandemic, including stimulus packages and industry bailouts, while President Trump deflects blame for the government's handling of the crisis.

And if that weren't enough, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr is facing accusations of insider trading in connection with stock sales in the weeks prior to Wall Street's crash.


Michael Bitzer, Catawba College, Department of Politics chair (@BowTiePolitics)

Mac McCorkle, Duke University, director of the Center for Political Leadership, Innovation and Service

Amber Wichowsky, Marquette University, associate professor of political science and director of the Marquette Democracy Lab (@AmberWichowsky)

At the beginning of today's show, Mike spoke with 12th District Congresswoman Alma Adams, who is holding a TeleTown Hall tonight (March 23) at 6pm. All constituents are invited. Call 855.756.7520 extension 57567 to join.

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.