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January 15 2014

05:11

Chris Christie’s Future With The G.O.P.

The fate of Chris Christie in the shadow of “Bridgegate.” Top GOP strategists and political reporters join us.

Governor Chris Christie talks to a reporter following a visit to Fort Lee Borough Hall Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Fort Lee, N.J. to apologize to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich about the governor's staff allegedly closing lanes to the George Washington Bridge last September. (AP)

Governor Chris Christie talks to a reporter following a visit to Fort Lee Borough Hall Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Fort Lee, N.J. to apologize to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich about the governor’s staff allegedly closing lanes to the George Washington Bridge last September. (AP)

Guests

Matt Katz, WNYC / New Jersey Public Radio reporter. Former political reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. (@MattKatz00)

McKay Coppins, senior writer for BuzzFeed. (@McKayCoppins)

Keith Appell, senior vice president at CRC Public Relations, longtime G.O.P. political strategist. (@KeithCRC)

Steve Deace, host of the nationally-syndicatedSteve Deace Show, based in Iowa. (@SteveDeaceShow)

From Tom’s Reading List

Bergen Record: GWB probe targets Christie’s office; renewal of subpoena power expected — “The George Washington Bridge lane-closure investigation could reach into Governor Christie’s office as early as Monday when a new round of subpoenas is expected to land on the desks of key members of Christie’s inner circle, a Democratic legislator leading the probe said on Saturday. Assemblyman John Wisniewski said he plans to issue subpoenas demanding documents from the governor’s former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and spokesman Michael Drewniak, along with other aides whose names surfaced last week in documents related to the lane closures in early September.”

NPR:  Beyond The Bridge, Christie Faces Questions About Sandy Funds — “There’s good news and bad news in the poll. A third of New Jerseyans think that Christie himself was involved in the decision to close the toll lanes, which caused the traffic jam – it’s only a third. But two-thirds do not accept the governor’s timeline about when he found out about the political retribution involved in this traffic scandal. And so there’s some mixed numbers here. It’s a great for the governor but it certainly could be worse.”

BuzzFeed: Why Conservatives Aren’t Rushing To Chris Christie’s Defense – “Christie has been at odds with his party’s right wing ever since the final days of the 2012 campaign, when many on the right believe he abandoned his efforts to elect Mitt Romney in pursuit of his own image as a champion of bipartisanship — embracing President Obama, often literally, in a series of widely publicized photos and interviews in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. He went on to stake out decidedly centrist positions on a number of issues during his reelection campaign, and when he won in a landslide, he lectured the rest of the GOP about why they should follow his lead.”

 

November 08 2013

15:00

Week In The News: Election 2013, Twitter IPO And Toronto’s Messy Mayor

Chris Christie and election night winners. Sebelius back in the hot seat. Twitter goes public. Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A crack smoking mayor across the border this week, and early signals in the US on 2016 politics ahead.  Chris Christie wins big as a fighting GOP moderate.  The tea party man loses in Virginia.  New York elects a mayor who’s vowed to take on inequality.  Stay tuned.  In Washington, the president says he’s sorry for Americans who are losing health policies.  They’ll have better policies says the White House.  The Senate votes gay rights in the workplace.  Twitter has a big-time IPO.  New jobs numbers and the GDP, up pretty strong.  Up next On Point:  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Alexander Burns, senior political reporter for Politico. (@ABurnsPolitico)

Kasie Hunt, reporter covering politics and Congress for NBC News. (@Kasie)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Politico: How Terry McAuliffe mapped his Virginia win — “Recognizing from the start that his path to victory was slim, McAuliffe’s campaign invested early and heavily in establishing powerful tactical advantages over Cuccinelli, including sophisticated modeling of the Virginia electorate, experimentally-vetted messaging and a vast turnout operation that sent more than 13,000 volunteers into the field in the last four days of the election.”

NBC News: Paul pledges ‘new approval process’ amid plagiarism charges — “Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul will create a ‘new approval process” for his speeches and written material after facing charges of plagiarism, a senior adviser said in a statement Tuesday. In a written statement, adviser Doug Stafford also suggested that some instances of possible plagiarism came from staffers, acknowledging that some information was not ‘clearly sourced or vetted properly.’”

New York Times: G.O.P. Weighs Limiting Clout of Right Wing — “While the discussion may appear arcane, it reflects a fierce struggle for power between the activist, often Tea Party-dominated wing of the Republican Party — whose members tend to be devoted to showing up and organizing at events like party conventions — and the more mainstream wing, which is frustrated by its inability to rein in the extremist elements and by the fact that its message is not resonating with more voters.”

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November 07 2013

01:41

Halperin And Heilemann Handicap Chris Christie

Our Wednesday, Nov. 6 hour focused on a wide range of topics, but mostly, we just doubled down with authors and political analysts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann as they discussed their new book, “Double Down: Game Change 2012.” It’s a big, brassy read that focuses on the inside story of the 2012 presidential election, and collects all the stories that didn’t get aired in the run up to President Barack Obama’s re-election victory against former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney.

The book also provides a helper filter through which to parse this Tuesday’s elections around the country, and gives an eye toward the looming 2016 presidential race as it discusses newly-re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, now widely seen a frontrunner in the Republican nomination game for the next political go-round in three years.

Halperin saw the 2013 gubernatorial elections in Virginia in and New Jersey as an endorsement of the political center.

The more centrist candidates won, people who make a big point in talking about working across the aisle.

Governor Christie takes a victory, about 60 percent of the vote, very large percentage of the vote from groups that Republicans have not been doing well with and positions himself to be even more so one of the leading possible candidates for president in 2016.

As Christie hit up the big tallies in broad demographic categories, including women, African Americans and the young, Halperin saw much to look forward to in a potential Christie candidacy in 2016.

Clearly, over-performing what Mitt Romney did, what most Republicans have done in most parts of the country of late. And that alone, along with some of his rhetoric and his formidable political skills puts himself in the position, as I’ve said, to be considered a big potential candidate for 2016 on the presidential side of the Republicans.

In the shadow of Christie’s victory, Halperin saw traces of what the ‘white hot spotlight’ of the presidential trail could mean for the hard-charging Republican governor. Once considered to be a top candidate for Gov. Romeny’s Vice Presidential nod, Christie faded out of the spotlight in the summer of 2012.

Governor Romney had reservations about some of they things that his advisers turned up in the materials they got from Governor Christie and some of the public record. They were also a little concerned because Governor Christie was late in handing over some materials whereas the other people under consideration handed things over promptly. There were some red flags so Governor Romney took Governor Christie off the list.

But then one of his advisers, Stuart Stevens, who was kind of his chief political aide, said in the end of June, ‘You know we need a street fighter, this campaign is not going well,’ right around the Fourth of July holiday. ‘We need somebody who can get in the media, be a street fighter and really take it to Barack Obama and that’s Chris Christie’ so Governor Romney told his advisers, ‘You know what, we need to go back in and look at the record on Chris Christie.

And what they found was, as Governor Romney said, was mostly things that are part of the public record, and one of Governor Romney’s aides made that point to him during this process and said, you know, this guy’s been looked at in New Jersey, and Governor Romney said correctly, ‘There’s a big difference. No mater what state you run in, no matter how big a deal it is. If you run for president or you get put on the ticket the scrutiny is gonna be much, much higher and things are gonna look different and things are gonna come out that are different.

You think about Bill Clinton and White Water, you think about George Bush and his drunk driving arrest. There’s just things that come out even if you run in a bigger, politically competitive state. So you had Governor Romney, then faced with the decision — could he go forward with Chris Christie?

It was not so much any one smoking gun of things they found or questions that were unanswered it was the totality of all the things and Governor Romney reached the decision, ‘Well I’d don’t want a distraction, I wanna pick a running mate who keeps the spotlight on me and doesn’t create controversy,’ that’s why he didn’t pick ‘em, the day after he got the vetting report with all these red flags in it he said no Chris Christie  and he moved on to Pual Ryan.

The implications moving forward are pretty clear. Because now the public knows some of the red flags involving his personal finances, his work as a lobbyist, about his medical background and history all these things are gonna be scrutinized now as they shoud lbe

And the questions are gonna be for Governor Christie, if he runs for president two-fold: How does he handle the investigation into his background and what are the underlying facts? And they were troubling enough for Governor Romney that he didn’t want him on the ticket. That doesn’t mean that any of these things are going to keep him from being elected president, but they certainly are red flags.

Heilmann detailed the so-called ‘red flags’ that prevented Christie from joining the Romney ticket.

Some of the stuff is in the public record. There’s a long list of things, the cumulative weight of these things. For a period of time, Governor Christie was a lobbyist working on behalf of the Securities Industry Association of America when it was lobbying to keep financial fraud out of, exempted from New Jersey state consumer protection law. At the time that he was a lobbyist for that group, the group was headed by Bernie Madoff. For Governor Romney’s vetters who looked at that, they said, ‘This is a 30 second attack ad waiting to happen.’

There were also a series of things related to Governor Christie’s brother who had a settlement with the SEC in a civil matter that he was not totally forthcoming with. And when the vetters asked Governor Christie for more details about that he did not provide them with what they thought of as adequate information. They asked him for more details about his health records, Governor Christie didn’t provide what they thought of as adequate information about his health background, about his household help, and about his other lobbying clients.

Those were a series of things that not things in the public record but were things…that they had questions about, and when Governor Christie was not as forthcoming with as they expected him to be and as every one of the members of the short list for VP consideration were, their attitude was, Beth Myers , the woman who ran Governor Romney’s vice presidential vetting team, her attitude was she told her team,

If he’s not answering questions, we should assume that the answers are bad.’

What will the revelations in “Double Down” really mean for Gov. Christie and the rest of the potential 2016 field? It’s too soon to tell, but there’s still plenty of time to parse through all the gossip and political intrigue before the next set of primary battles begin in January 2016.

November 06 2013

16:00

Mark Halperin And John Heilemann ‘Double Down’ On 2012 Elections

Swap Hillary for Biden? Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are back with “Double Down.” We’ll look at the 2012 campaign, 2013, 2016.

Election results 2013 are all over the headlines today.  Chris Christie, living large as a moderate Republican.  Democrat Terry McAuliffe slipping by Tea Partier Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia.  Tale of Two Cities Bill DeBlasio landsliding progressive in New York.  Political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are watching.  They know the big trends and the juicy stuff.  Wrote “Game Change” on the ’08 presidential campaign.  Now they’re out with “Double Down,” on Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and 2012.    Up next On Point:  all the juice on 2012, 2013, and the political road ahead.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst at TIME Magazine. Co-author of “Double Down: Game Change 2012.” Also co-author of “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime.” (@MarkHalperin)

John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine. Co-author of “Double Down: Game Change 2012.” Also co-author of “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime.” (@JHeil)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: Playing the Game Again, With an Insider’s Look at the Players — “The portraits of the players in campaign 2012 — from the candidates to their strategists to their big-money backers — are drawn in this volume with a light and snappy hand. The authors write that non-Mormon Romneyites found the feud between their man and the Republican hopeful Jon Huntsman Jr. ‘as impenetrable as a Tolkien subplot rendered in Elvish.’ They write that the Republican contender Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota had a reputation on the Hill for ‘churning through staffers as if they were disposable razors.’”

Politico: The Five Biggest Losers in “Double Down” — “Earlier in this presidency, Obama met with billionaire George Soros at the Waldorf as part of an unsuccessful bid to get him to open up his wallet for outside groups during the 2012 campaign, as he’d done in 2004. Soros talked Obama’s ear off for 45 minutes, giving the president unsolicited economic messaging advice. Obama was ‘annoyed and bored,’ according to the book. ‘If we don’t get anything out of him,’ Obama complained to aides afterward, ‘I’m never f-ing sitting with that guy again.’”

New York Mag: The Intervention — “The president’s advisers were barely more rattled. Yes, Denver had been atrocious. Yes, it had been unnerving. But Obama was still ahead of Romney, the sky hadn’t fallen, and they would fix what went wrong in time for the town-hall debate at Hofstra. Their message to the nervous Nellies in their party was: Keep calm and carry on.”

Read An Excerpt From “Double Down: Game Change 2012″ by Mark Malperin and John Heilemann

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