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The Lawfare Podcast: 2020 Candidates and Executive Power

Jack Goldsmith talks with the New York Times's Charlie Savage and Justin Florence of Protect Democracy about the history of the Times's executive power survey, the value of the questionnaire, and the takeaways from responses to this year’s questions.

As the 2020 race heats up, candidates spar over healthcare, immigration reform, affordable housing, and criminal justice issues. Unfortunately, substantive discussions about the candidates’ views on executive power are seldom on the agenda. Since the 2008 election, the New York Times’s Charlie Savage has helped rescue the significance of questions of executive power. Savage surveys presidential candidates on a range of executive power questions and publishes their responses. This year, he presented candidates with questions about presidential war powers, military force against American citizens, presidential obstruction of justice, and more. Jack Goldsmith talked with Savage and Justin Florence of Protect Democracy about the history of the executive power survey, the value of the questionnaire, and the takeaways from responses to this year’s questions.

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