Prof. Leighton Vaughan Williams is Director of the Political Forecasting Unit and of the Betting Research Unit at Nottingham Business School. He has written and spoken extensively on political forecasting and prediction markets, and is the author of 'How to Forecast an Election - and How to Win One!'
Why Romney picked Ryan was the question observers of the American political scene have been asking ever since Willard Mitt Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States.
It is a little over a week since the US Supreme Court delivered its landmark judgment on President Obama’s signature policy achievement in office so far, the Affordable Care Act, which extends medical insurance coverage to additional tens of millions of Americans as well as covering those with pre-existing conditions.
The declaration of support for gay marriage, recently articulated by President Obama, gratified some, astonished others, and drew both great praise and great condemnation. Was this a President demonstrating the moral courage to do what he believed right, or was it a political ploy driven by electoral expediency?