Carville, Matalin to address attendees tomorrow

By: Maureen Leahy

By Maureen Leahy

Don’t miss this year’s presidential guest speakers, husband-and-wife political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin, when they take to the podium tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. in the La Nouvelle Ballroom. The bipartisan duo will share their individual political perspectives—on healthcare reform and more—along with candid life experiences in what’s sure to be a provocative discussion!

Democratic strategist
In 1986, Mr. Carville helped catapult Robert Casey to a remarkable come-from-behind win in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race. Since then, Mr. Carville has established himself as a successful campaign manager with a knack for steering political long shots to victory. He is probably best known for his role in guiding Bill Clinton to the Oval Office in 1992, an effort that won him the Campaign Manager of the Year Award from the American Association of Political Consultants in 1993.

More recently, Mr. Carville’s political focus has shifted to foreign consulting. He has worked with clients in Greece, Brazil, Honduras, Argentina, Ecuador, Canada, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, among others. In 1999, he successfully managed Ehud Barak’s campaign to become the Prime Minister of Israel.

Mr. Carville is also an actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker, restaurateur, and author of several political books. With his wife, Ms. Matalin, he co-authored the best-selling campaign book All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President. He can be seen regularly on television as a CNN commentator and contributor and heard on XM radio.

James Carville

Mary Matalin

Celebrated conservative
Ms. Matalin began her political career working on local and statewide campaigns in her home state of Illinois. In the early 1980s, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work with the Republican National Committee (RNC), and in 1984 served as national voter contact director for the Reagan-Bush Campaign.

After the election of George H.W. Bush in 1988, she was appointed chief of staff for the RNC. She served as the deputy campaign manager for political operations during the 1992 Bush re-election campaign, and later as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Ms. Matalin is also a recognized author, political commentator, and talk-show host. She hosted CNN’s political debate show Crossfire, is the former founding co-host of the Washington-based political weeknight talk show Equal Time, and has had her own talk radio program “The Mary Matalin Show.” She is the author of Letters to My Daughters (April 2004), and has contributed to various periodicals including Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times.

Ms. Matalin serves on the boards of the Washington Humane Society, the Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute at The George Washington University, and the editorial board of Campaigns and Elections magazine.