Featured Political Speakers

With a new president in office, what does the 2017 year hold for Americans from a political standpoint?  These men and women are thoroughly versed in the nuances of the political world.  Check out our featured political speakers who provide leading insight into public policy and the world of politics. 


Michael-Steele Featured Political SpeakersMichael Steele

Party Affiliation: Republican Party

Position: MSNBC Political Analyst

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Michael Steele is an MSNBC Political Analyst and Democratic politician. Steele served as the first African-American chairperson of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from January 2009 until January 2011. Under his leadership, the RNC broke fundraising records in the 2010 cycle by raising more than $192 million and Republicans won 63 House seats, the biggest pickup since 1938. Steele is also the author of Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda, which is a conservative call to arms for grassroots America.


Dinesh-DSouza Featured Political SpeakersDinesh D’Souza

Political Stance: Conservative

Position: Creator of 2016 Obama’s America, and Hillary’s America; Best-Selling Author

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Dinesh DSouza has had a 25-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. D’Souza is a New York Times best-selling author primarily known for his first book Illiberal Education (1991), which publicized the phenomenon of political correctness in America’s colleges and universities and became a New York Times best-seller for 15 weeks. It was also listed as one of the most influential books of the 1990s. D’Souza is also a renowned filmmaker with his conservative documentaries 2016: Obama’s America, America, and Hillary’s America.


Leslie-Sanchez Featured Political SpeakersLeslie Sanchez

Party Affiliation: Republican Party

Position: Founder & CEO of Impacto Group, LLC; Political Analyst

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Since 2003, Leslie Sanchez has served as a leader in public opinion research specializing in elections as well as the women’s and Hispanic-Latino marketplace. Currently, Leslie serves as a political contributor, and the founder and CEO of Impacto Group, LLC. The former director of the White House Office on Hispanic Education, Sanchez earned a spot on Hispanic Business magazine’s list of the nation’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics.”


Will-Durst Featured Political SpeakersWill Durst 

Party Affiliation: Independent

Position: CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Contributor; Political Humorist/Satirist; Author

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Will Durst is a five-time Emmy nominated political satirist. Durst writes a nationally syndicated weekly political humor column and he also co-hosts a monthly talk radio show with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown called The Will and Willie Show. Durst has written 3 books, including Elect to Laugh and The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing, which were both taken from his Off-Broadway one-man shows.


Katty-Kay Featured Political SpeakersKatty Kay

Position: Lead Anchor of BBC World News America; Co-Author of New York Times Best-Sellers Womenomics and The Confidence Code

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Katty Kay began her reporting career in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she filed radio reports for the Africa Service of BBC World Service radio, covering news such as Zimbabwean land reform, the independence of Namibia and the fall of apartheid in South Africa. Her notable reporting skills then took her to London, Tokyo, The New York Times Washington bureau, and finally to BBC London as the Washington Correspondent in 2002. Currently, Kay is lead anchor for BBC World News America, where she covers American and global affairs, reporting on US elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, and global economies.


eleanor-clift Featured Political SpeakersEleanor Clift

Position: Washington Correspondent for The Daily Beast; “The McLaughlin Group Talk Show Panelist; MSNBC Political Commentator; Author

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Eleanor Clift is a Washington correspondent for The Daily Beast, where she covers the White House and writes about politics and policy. Clift is also a panelist on the syndicated talk show, “The McLaughlin Group,” she regularly comments about politics on MSNBC, and she has co-authored several political books. Formerly, Clift worked for Newsweek, where she covered a variety of beats and was a key member of the magazine’s election team. In her 50 years there, Clift served as Newsweek’s White House, congressional, and political correspondent.


Maureen-Dowd Featured Political Speakers Maureen Dowd

Position: New York Times Washington Bureau Op-Ed Columnist; White House Correspondent; The Times Magazine Writer

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Maureen Dowd began her journalism career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for The Washington Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and feature writer. In 1983, she joined The New York Times as a metropolitan correspondent and then moved to The Times’s Washington bureau in 1986 to cover politics. Since then, Dowd has covered seven presidential campaigns, served as The Times’s White House correspondent, and written On Washington, a column for The Times Magazine. In 1999 Dowd won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary on President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.


Bay-Buchanan Featured Political SpeakersBay Buchanan

Political Stance: Conservative

Position: President of The American Cause; Political Analyst

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Bay Buchanan began her political career as the national Treasurer of Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaigns in 1980 and 1984. President Reagan then appointed her to be Treasurer of the United States. At the age of 32, she was the youngest person to hold that position since it was established in 1775. In 2012, Buchanan served as Senior Adviser to the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. Currently, Buchanan serves as president of The American Cause, an educational foundation dedicated to advancing traditional conservative issues and she also regularly speaks on leadership and conservative principles.


Hugh-Hewitt Featured Political SpeakersHugh Hewitt

Political Stance: Conservative

Position: Host of The Hugh Hewitt Show; Chapman University School of Law Professor; Author

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Hugh Hewitt is best known as the host of his radio show, The Hugh Hewitt Show, which has an audience estimated at more than 2 million listeners every week. Since its debut in July of 2000, Hewitt has conducted groundbreaking interviews with government officials from both parties and widely respected analysts, authors and pundits. Hewitt is also a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Network, and MSNBC, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a three-time Emmy winner and New York Times best-selling author. Formerly, Hewitt served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to two Attorney Generals.


Anna-Escobedo-Cabral Featured Political SpeakersAnna Escobedo Cabral

Party Affiliation: Republican Party

Position: Senior Advisor in the External Relations Department of the Inter-American Development Bank

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Anna Escobedo Cabral currently serves as a Senior Advisor in the External Relations Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to joining the bank, Ms. Cabral served as the 42nd Treasurer of the United States. From 1993 to 1999, Ms. Cabral served as Deputy Staff Director for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee while simultaneously serving as Executive Director of the U.S. Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs. Throughout her political career, Cabral has served as a leader in the Hispanic community, spearheading various initiatives and latino-focused programs.


Goldie-Taylor Featured Political SpeakersGoldie Taylor

Position: MSNBC Political Analyst and On-Air Contributor; Editor-At-Large of The Daily Beast; Founder of Faithful Moon Films; Author

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Goldie Taylor is a political analyst and on-air contributor at MSNBC where she focuses principally on social justice issues, gun control, domestic violence, human trafficking, public health, poverty, military and foreign affairs issues, and environmental justice issues. Taylor got her start as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer and since has contributed political opinion columns to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Ebony Magazine, Creative Loafing, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, and theGrio.com, among others.


Alan-Keyes Featured Political SpeakersAlan Keyes

Political Stance: Conservative

Position: Interim President of Alabama A&M University; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Social and Economic Council; President of Ronald Reagan Alumni Association

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Alan Keyes is an American political activist and recognized leader in the conservative movement.  Keyes was a Republican candidate for President in 1996, 2000, and 2008 and a three-time Republican nominee to the US Senate for the state of Maryland. He was appointed Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations by President Ronald Reagan, and served as Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1985 to 1987. Currently, Keyes serves as the the Interim President of Alabama A&M University and President of the Ronald Reagan Alumni Association.


Gloria-Borger Featured Political SpeakersGloria Borger

Position: Chief Political Analyst at CNN

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Gloria Borger is CNN’s chief political analyst, appearing regularly on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Lead with Jake Tapper and across the network’s prime time programs. Borger leads the network’s daily coverage of political and breaking news stories. She has distinguished herself at CNN through her in-depth interviews and profiles, and she also writes a regular political column for the network’s website. Borger has received several Emmy nominations for her thorough political coverage.


Mickey-Edwards Featured Political SpeakersMickey Edwards

Party Affiliation: Republican Party

Position: Princeton University‘s Public and International Affairs Lecturer; Vice President of The Aspen Institute; Political Columnist, Author

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Edwards served as a member of Congress for 16 years, during which he was a senior member of the House Republican leadership as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, a member of both the House Appropriations and Budget Committees, and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. After leaving Congress, he taught government and public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for 11 years before moving to Princeton in 2004. Edwards has been a regular political columnist for a variety of newspapers and he has authored or co-authored a number of books on the political system.


Patti-Solis-Doyle Featured Political SpeakersPatti Solis Doyle

Party Affiliation: Democratic Party

Position: CNN Political Contributor; Winter Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics; President of Solis Strategies

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Patti Solis Doyle is a nationally recognized political organizer and campaign strategist. As a CNN contributor, she speaks regularly on the rise of women and minorities in politics, presidential campaigns, and issues affecting Hispanic Americans. A long-time adviser to Senator Clinton, Solis Doyle served as Executive Director of HILLPAC and Friends of Hillary, the Senator’s political action committee and Senate re-election campaign, and she also served as campaign manager for Hillary Clinton for President in 2000. During the 2008 general election, Solis Doyle joined the Obama for America campaign as chief of staff for Vice Presidential operations and in the 2012 presidential election, she served as an advisor to the Obama-Biden campaign.


Van-Jones Featured Political SpeakersVan Jones

Party Affiliation: Democratic Party

Position: CNN Political Contributor, Author

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Van Jones is a CNN political commentator, regularly appearing across the network’s programming and special political coverage. Jones has founded several non-profit organizations and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice. Jones was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act that was signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007. In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama, overseeing the multi-billion dollar investment in skills training and jobs development within the environmental and green energy sectors. Jones is also the author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008) and Rebuild the Dream (2012).


Andrea-Mitchell Featured Political SpeakersAndrea Mitchell

Position: Veteran NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Host of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports; Author

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Emmy award-winning correspondent Andrea Mitchell is the Veteran Chief of Foreign Affairs for NBC, in which she covered foreign policy, intelligence and national security issues.  Mitchell covered the entire 2008 presidential campaign, starting with the kickoff in February 2007, broadcasting live from every major primary and caucus state and all the candidate debates for NBC News and MSNBC programs. In 2008 she wrote Talking Back, a memoir about her experiences as one of the first women to cover five presidents, Congress, and foreign policy. Currently, Mitchell is the host of Andrea Mitchell Reports, an hour of political news and interviews with top news-makers on MSNBC.


Tavis-Smiley Featured Political SpeakersTavis Smiley

Political Stance: Liberal

Position: Host of Tavis Smiley on PBS; Host of The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International; Author

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Travis Smiley is an emerging leader for political change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI), making him the first American ever to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio. In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has written 18 books. His memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, became a New York Times best-seller, and the book he edited, Covenant with Black America, became the first nonfiction book by a Black-owned publisher to reach No. 1 on The New York Times Best-Sellers list.


Ben-Stein-1-2 Featured Political SpeakersBen Stein

Position: Wall Street Journal, Barrons, and New York Times Columnist; Pepperdine University Professor of Law and Economics; Author

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Ben Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. Stein got his start in politics as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Since then, Stein has written columns for The Wall Street Journal, Barrons, The American Spectator, NewsMax, and The New York Times, and he is also a political commentator for CBS News, Fox News and CNN. Stein covers economic, political, and social issues, and also gives financial advice to individual investors.


Bob-Woodward Featured Political SpeakersBob Woodward

Position: Washington Post Associate Editor and Reporter; Author

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Bob Woodward has been a reporter at The Washington Post since 1971, and he currently serves as the Post‘s associate editor. Woodward has won two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2002 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Woodward has authored or coauthored 18 non-fiction books, all of which have been national bestsellers.


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Ian Bremmer

Position: President and Founder of Eurasia Group; Foreign Affairs Columnist and Editor-At-Large at TimeNYU Global Research Professor; Author

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Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He also works as the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large at Time. Bremmer is credited with bringing the idea of political risk to financial markets, as he created Wall Street’s first global political risk index (GPRI). Bremmer is also credited with establishing the idea of political risk as an academic discipline and he regularly lectures on the subject as New York University’s Global Research Professor. Bremmer is particularly interested in the intersection between politics and markets, and he has published nine books in the subject area, some of which have been national bestsellers.


Anderson-Cooper Featured Political SpeakersAnderson Cooper

Position: Anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360; CBS 60 Minutes Correspondent;

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Anderson Cooper is the anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and a CBS 60 Minutes Correspondent. Since the start of his career in 1992, Cooper has covered nearly all major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene, and he has also played a pivotal role in CNN’s political and election coverage. Cooper is an eight-time Emmy Award winner and an Edward R. Murrow Award winner.


Linda-Chavez Featured Political SpeakersLinda Chavez

Party Affiliation: Republican Party

Position: Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity; Fox News Analyst; Author

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Linda Chavez is Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a syndicated columnist, a political analyst for Fox News Channel, and a best-selling author. Chavez was the highest-ranking woman in President Ronald Reagan’s White House, and in January 2001, Chavez was President George W. Bush’s nominee for Secretary of Labor until she withdrew her name from consideration. In 2000, Chavez was honored by the Library of Congress as a “Living Legend” for her contributions to America’s cultural and historical legacy.


Morton-Kondracke Featured Political SpeakersMorton Kondracke

Position: Roll Call Contributing Editor; Fox News Commentator; Political Columnist; Author

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With a journalism career spanning more than 30 years, 35 of them in Washington, Morton Kondracke has covered nearly every phase of politics and foreign policy. Kondracke became well-known as a panelist on “The McLaughlin Group” before co-hosting The Beltway Boys of Fox News Channel and serving as a regular nightly contributor on Special Report with Brit Hume and Special Report with Bret Baier. Kondracke has worked for several major news publications, serving for twenty years as executive editor and columnist for the non-partisan Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. His twice-weekly column on national politics, White House-Congressional relations, and domestic and foreign policy is syndicated nationally to 400 newspapers.


Kirsten-Powers-1 Featured Political SpeakersKirsten Powers

Party Affiliation: Democratic Party

Position: USA Today Columnist; Daily Beast Columnist; Fox News Political Analyst

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Kirsten Powers began her political career as a Democratic Party staff assistant with the Clinton-Gore presidential transition team in 1992, followed by an appointment as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998. From there, she worked in various roles including press secretary, communications consultant and party consultant. Since joining Fox News in 2003, Powers has been featured in many prime-time shows, and provided in-depth election coverage. In addition to her work with Fox News, Powers works as a columnist for the The Daily Beast, and she is also a member of USA Today‘s Board of Contributors where she writes on politics, culture, women’s rights/feminism, and faith.


Arne-Duncan Featured Political SpeakersArne Duncan 

Position: Former United States Secretary of Education (2009-2015)

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Arne Duncan is the ninth U.S. secretary of education, serving under President Barack Obama from January 20, 2009 through January 1, 2016. Duncan’s tenure as secretary has been marked by a number of significant accomplishments on behalf of American students and teachers, including various education initiatives and securing congressional support for President Obama’s investments in education. Before becoming secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a position he held from June 2001 through December 2008.


Catherine-Crier Featured Political SpeakersCatherine Crier

Position: Managing Partner at Cajole Entertainment; Huffington Post Blogger; Author

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Catherine Crier is an Emmy and duPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist. Crier began her journalistic career in 1989 as co-anchor of the premiere evening newscast on CNN, co-anchor of Inside Politics, and host of Crier & Company, a talk show covering news, politics and international issues. In 1993, Crier joined ABC News as a politics and world news correspondent. In October of 1996, Crier became one of the founding television anchors for the Fox News Channel with her prime time program, The Crier Report. She also co-anchored the evening news and provided election coverage for Fox News. Crier is now a managing partner in Cajole Entertainment, Huffington Post current events blogger, author, and frequent panelist on various news programs.


Monica-Crowley Featured Political SpeakersMonica Crowley

Political Stance: Conservative

Position: The Washington Times Opinion Editor and Columnist; Fox News Political and Foreign Affairs Analyst; Author

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Monica Crowley entered the political sphere as a foreign policy assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 to 1994. Currently, Crowley is a host and political and foreign affairs analyst for the Fox News Channel, an online columnist and opinion editor of The Washington Times, and a New York Times best-selling author. Formerly, Crowley hosted The Monica Crowley Show, was an anchor on NBC and MSNBC, and she was a regular panelist on “The McLaughlin Group.” She has also written for various reputable news sources including The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun and the New York Post.


Charles-Krauthammer-1 Featured Political SpeakersCharles Krauthammer

Political Stance: Conservative

Position: The Washington Post Columnist; Fox News Contributor; Contributing Editor to The Weekly Standard; Author

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Charles Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his Washington Post syndicated political column that appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide. Krauthammer is a contributor to Fox News, appearing nightly on Fox’s evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier, and he is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard. Krauthammer is also a best-selling author.  His latest book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, is a No. 1 New York Times best-seller, selling more than one million copies. The Financial Times named Krauthammer “the most influential commentator in America.”


 

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