The Importance of Being A Loser (November 16, 2012)

The 2012 presidential race had us looking at every angle of the election, but I was intrigued and charmed by Scott Farris’s book focusing on the integral role of concession speech of the loser. He said it was a key component to maintaining peace and national security. Farris himself lost a congressional race, and I appreciated his enthusiasm for the topic during our interview.

Host Intro: Author Scott Farris can empathize with famous political losers. He was once the Democratic nominee for Congress to Wyoming, but lost to Barbara Cubin in 1998. Farris takes a look at the legacies of some notable-yet-unsuccessful presidential candidates in his book, “Almost President, the men who lost the race but changed the nation.”

This year, Mitt Romney garnered attention for a hard-fought campaign followed by a gracious concession speech. Scott Farris tells Rebecca Martinez that speech is a crucial part of every election.  

Presidential Loser Interview

About gumshuz

I'm a writer and journalist living in Wyoming. Audio is my passion. My reporting has aired on Naitonal Public Radio, Wyoming Public Radio, BBC/PRI, APM and WAMU. My writing has been published in The News Leader, the Daily News-Record and The Star-Ledger. I deal in Americana and the human condition.
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