with David Plouffe and Steve Schmidt
David Plouffe and Steve Schmidt are friends, former rivals and two of the top strategic minds in America. They understand American politics better than almost anyone because, when they were running presidential campaigns, they had to make momentous decisions almost every single day. In “Battleground,” they'll draw on 50+ years of combined experience inside campaigns and in government to break down how the Democrats and Republicans are fighting for votes. They’ll dissect the opposing parties’ game plans to explain exactly what they’re doing, why they’re doing it and why it is -- or isn't -- working.
About the Host
David Plouffe has distinguished himself as a proven field general and innovator as a top executive in the fields of politics, government, technology and philanthropy. Best known as the “architect” of President Obama’s two presidential campaigns, Plouffe took an unprecedented approach to reach voters by leveraging technology and big data, which forever changed the campaign landscape. As Senior Advisor to President Obama, he was at the center of the debate on the key issues now facing our country, from tax and entitlement reform to health care and immigration reform to foreign policy challenges. In recent years, Plouffe served as a top executive Uber, negotiating ride sharing laws with dozens of countries, and helped Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan launch the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative where he serves as a strategist in residence. Plouffe inspires creativity and motivation for innovative solutions pertinent to any organization seeking to be at the forefront of change in their industry. He is also the author of two New York Times best-selling books.
About the Host
As a counselor to world leaders, CEOs, celebrities, and political movements, Steve Schmidt -- over the past two decades -- has played an influential role in American politics and helped navigate some of the most high-stakes corporate crises and business strategy challenges of our time. In the aftermath of the 2016 American presidential election, Steve has emerged as one of the strongest and most incisive voices commenting on U.S. politics and global issues. Well-known for his part in the 2008 U.S. election cycle, Steve was credited for transforming Senator John McCain’s campaign “from corpse to contender.” He previously architected a similar turnaround for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Steve was a top strategist in the 2004 campaign to re-elect President George W. Bush and served in the Bush administration, during which time he led the successful confirmations of two U.S. Supreme Court Justices.
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