MPR political analysts look at 2012 presidential campaign MPR's DFL and GOP political commentators size up the large field of Republican challengers to President Barack Obama, including the two Minnesotans who jumped into the race this year-- Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann.11:00 a.m.
Todd Rapp: Minnesota Public Radio's DFL political analyst
Maureen Shaver: Minnesota Public Radio's Republican political analyst
Mark Shields on optimism and American politics PBS NewsHour political commentator Mark Shields gives the Eugene J. McCarthy lecture at Saint John's University. He discusses how American voters are motivated by both optimism and pragmatism in their decisions on selecting presidents.12:00 p.m.