Michal Baranowski on the Differences Between the U.S. and Polish Campaign Systems
Michal Baranowski, director of the GMF Warsaw office, assessed the 2016 United States presidential race in an interview on the Polish radio station Polskie Radio on October 13. Mr. Baranowski first discussed the differences between the U.S. and Polish campaign systems, noting the significantly greater amounts of time and money that U.S. campaigns require. In comparing the development of the race from both the Democratic and Republican standpoints, he commented on the rising popularity of dark horse, non-establishment candidates such as Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Ben Carson. Though mainly focusing on the prognoses of the current party frontrunners, Mr. Baranowski concluded his interview with a brief run-through of lower-polling candidates and underscored the widespread discord within each party that makes the 2016 race so unpredictable.