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Candidate Confessional - Defeated Politicians Tell All
56 minutes | 4 years ago
This Democrat Says The Party Needs To Reinvent Itself In The Era Of Trump
Virginia Democrat Tom Perriello lost his congressional seat in the Tea Party wave of 2010. In 2017, he jumped back in the ring with a run for Governor, and his primary race against Ralph Northam was viewed as another skirmish in the broader Democratic party battle between the Bernie wing and the party establishment. Perriello rejects that narrative, but he has some strong opinions about how the party will have the evolve if it wants to compete in the Trump era. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | 4 years ago
What It’s Like To Be At The Center Of One Of The Biggest Political Sex Scandals In American History
In 2006, John Edwards hired Rielle Hunter to produce a series of videos that would help lay the groundwork for his planned presidential run. That she did, but the two also carried on a affair that resulted in a child -- all of which Edwards tried desperately to keep secret. Early in his journalistic career, Candidate Confessional host Sam Stein was among the first reporters to publicly speculate about the possibility of an affair. Now, a decade later, Sam and Rielle look back at their respective roles in that story. Hunter reflects on what it was like to have her private life pried open by the tabloids, and why she has a bit of sympathy for our current president. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | 4 years ago
These Two Senators Voted Against The Iraq War. They Thought They Were Ending Their Careers
When Senators Kent Conrad and Dick Durbin cast their votes against the Iraq War Resolution in 2002, they knew it was unlikely they’d be able to stop the invasion. They also knew that their votes might well be the end of their senate careers. Today, that “no” vote looks like an obvious choice. But in the moment, it was a leap of faith for them to trust their instincts and oppose the war. They also remind us that the political realities that fueled the rush to war are still present today, that there is almost nothing standing between the president and a new war -- if he wants it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | 4 years ago
The Only Person Ever To Lose An Election To Mitt Romney
In 2002, Massachusetts State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien decided to throw her hat in the ring in the race for governor. Her opponent would be one Willard “Mitt” Romney, known for his failed senate run in 1994 and as president of the 2002 Winter Olympics. She went after him, after Barack Obama would do in 2012, over his time at Bain Capital. Mitt went after Shannon over her husband’s ties to Enron. Sparks flew, and O’Brien became the only person ever to go down to Mitt Romney at the polls. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | 4 years ago
The South Florida Dem Who Got Hacked By The Russians
In early 2016, the race for the 26th congressional district looked like it was shaping up to be a pretty standard Florida election, as Democrat Annette Taddeo took on incumbent Republican Carlos Curbelo. To her surprise, Taddeo attracted an unexpected opponent in the primary, a former Democratic congressman named Joe Garcia. That was bad enough. But things got even worse when a bunch of documents relating to her campaign got leaked by Russian hackers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | 4 years ago
Revisiting The Last Disaster In The Gulf
In the Spring of 2010, one of the worst environmental disasters in history occurred when the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Over the next few months, over 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the ocean. Today, as a new disaster -- Hurricane Harvey -- confronts the gulf coast, what lessons are there to be learned from the response to the BP spill? Ben LaBolt, assistant White House press secretary during the spill, talks to us about how he helped craft the Obama administration’s response. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | 4 years ago
What It Was Like To Be An Openly Gay Politician In 1996
In 1996, two of congress’s only 3 openly gay members were set to retire; only Barney Frank would be left standing. To fill the void, two new gay candidates stepped up. One of them was Rick Zbur in Southern California, and during that campaign he became an unwitting test case for how to deal with running for office while out. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45 minutes | 4 years ago
The Day The Global Economy Stood Still
In the fall of 2008, President George W. Bush warned top political leaders that without a massive infusion of cash into the market, "this sucker" -- that is, the economy -- "could go down." Days later, the House of Representatives balked at Bush. The first failed vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program cost the Dow 777 points. It was, perhaps, the most dramatic legislative failure of the 21st Century. And this week’s guests were in the middle of it all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
54 minutes | 4 years ago
The Real History Of The Infamous Compromise Behind Don't Ask Don't Tell
In 1994, Bill Clinton signed a directive allowing gays to serve in the military, provided they concealed their sexual identity. That policy -- Don't Ask Don't Tell -- had many critics and few proponents. And Clinton's legacy took a hit because of it. Fifteen years later, Don't Ask Don't Tell was finally repealed. Former Congressman Barney Frank talks with us about the institution and repeal of the policy -- and why he thinks Clinton gets a bad rap. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | 4 years ago
The Senate Candidate Who Put Together An AR-15 Blindfolded
Jason Kander ran what was widely considered one of the best Senate campaigns of the 2016 cycle. He combined an impressive resume with youthful vigor and a clear comfort with being on the trail. Oh, he also had the best campaign ad of the cycle. But it wasn't enough to unseat Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). And on this episode, he discusses what it might take for a progressive to win in a red state. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 minutes | 4 years ago
How A Tea Party Darling Was Undone By Hubris, Drugs, and Washington D.C. (But Mainly Drugs)
Trey Radel had a promising congressional career ahead of him -- before it all came crashing down one night after he attempted to purchase cocaine from an undercover agent. In that moment, he became a cautionary tale and a pariah within his party. Now removed from office, he reflects on the missteps made and has some pointed pieces of advice for future "rising stars." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 minutes | 4 years ago
How A Conservative Writer Became A Target For The Alt-Right
David French never thought he'd run for office, let alone the White House. But in the spring of 2016, as the Never Trump movement was growing desperate for a candidate, his name was floated by conservative stalwart Bill Kristol. French, a writer for the National Review, took the idea seriously. But he soon discovered all the horribles that come when you're thrust into the ring. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 minutes | 4 years ago
What It’s Like to Campaign Against Donald Trump And Vladimir Putin At The Same Time
When Donald Trump won the Republican presidential primary, most Democrats cheered their good fortune. Not the Clinton campaign. They worried about an unconventional opponent who had already humiliated one establishment favorite (Jeb Bush). Little did they know just how insane the campaign would be. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | 4 years ago
How One Senator Found His Calling In The Wake Of Tragedy
Chris Murphy never thought much about gun control when he was serving in the House. In fact, he often parroted the NRA's talking points out of political expediency. But shortly after he won election to the senate in 2012, 20 first graders were shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary school. The tragedy took place in Murphy's old district and it fundamentally transformed him and his career. But it didn't change gun laws. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | 4 years ago
The Incredible Inside Story Of How Bernie Sanders Raised $218 Million Online
When Bernie Sanders launched his presidential campaign, he needed someone to do his online fundraising. He chose the team at Revolution Messaging (or rather, they chose him), and together, they turned a candidacy that no one expected to go all that far into the biggest grassroots money machine in U.S. political history. On this first episode of Season Two of Candidate Confessional, the folks at Revolution Messaging speak out for the first time about how it all happened. We talk to Tim Tagaris, Robin Curran, and Michael Whitney about their road to online fundraising superstardom. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2 minutes | 4 years ago
Coming Soon: Candidate Confessional Season 2
Sam Stein and Jason Cherkis will go back to look at some of the biggest stories from campaigns past - the scandals, the policy battles, the failures and everything in-between. Each week, Stein and Cherkis sit down with some of the biggest names in politics. Highlights from this season will include Hillary Clinton's Communications Director Jen Palmieri, National Review Writer and near-presidential candidate David French, former Congressman Barney Frank, and Rielle Hunter, the videographer who had an affair with John Edwards during his presidential campaign. This is a one-of-a-kind podcast about tough defeats and the unvarnished, often-emotional and human side of our nation’s rough and tumble political system. Last season, “Candidate Confessional” was a finalist for both the 2017 Webby Awards and Digiday Publishing Awards and reached the top five political podcasts on iTunes. This season, Sam and Jason are upping the ante with new storylines. There will be episodes dedicated not just to campaigns but to major legislative pushes that ultimately failed and to famous figures who found themselves at the epicenter of scandal. You’ll hear from the Senators who tried to stop the march to war in Iraq and the key congressional aides behind the first failed 2008 bailout vote; the Senator who made gun control a cause after national tragedy and the videographer who found herself on the cover of the National Enquirer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
38 minutes | 4 years ago
BONUS: The Rise And Fall Of James Comey
Candidate Confessional season 2 approaches! In the meantime, host Sam Stein sits down with Huffpost's senior justice reporter Ryan Reilly and former Department of Justice spokesperson Matthew Miller to discuss recently-fired FBI director James Comey: his career, and how it came to this. Enjoy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | 4 years ago
BONUS: Huffpost's All-Star Trumpcare Panel
Candidate Confessional Season 2 is on the way! But in the meantime, we assembled a panel of Huffpost healthcare reporters to chew on yesterday's legislative bombshell: the House's passage of an Obamacare repeal/replace bill. Sam is joined by Huffpost reporters Jeff Young, Jonathan Cohn, and Matt Fuller to talk about what all this means. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
60 minutes | 5 years ago
The Man Who Tried To Help Al Gore Win The White House
The 2000 presidential election was 16 years ago. But for Ron Klain, a lawyer for Vice President Al Gore, the loss still hurts. Klain sits down with Huffington Post's Sam Stein and Jason Cherkis to explain the intricate process of the Florida ballot recount. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | 5 years ago
Gary Johnson On His Run For President
Gary Johnson was the governor of New Mexico before he decided to embark on a presidential run in 2012. Johnson talks to Huffington Post's Sam Stein and Jason Cherkis about his presidential bid as a libertarian, and why he separated himself from his republican counterparts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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