National Journal and The Atlantic, along with CBS News, discuss Election 2012, the digital campaign & social media's impact on the race. The daily briefings will feature informed insight on the latest convention developments with incisive analysis from leading reporters from all three organizations. Today's focus is on the digital and social media impact on campaigns this election year.
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Garance Franke-Ruta is the politics editor of TheAtlantic.com, but when she's not trying to understand the mysterious charm of Rick Santorum or why Newt Gingrich would post a picture of himself jauntily posing in front of Auschwitz, she's maintained a sideline in writing about women in politics. She was the first person to report, in a 2002 American Prospect article, that the baby-bust among high-achieving women was a myth, related only to their greater unwillingness to become single moms and not to any kind of reproductive issues inside marriages. Before joining The Atlantic, she was an online politics editor and blogger at The Washington Post, and in 2006 she spent a semester at the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School studying why there are so few women in opinion media.
Major Garrett was named CBS News' Chief White House Correspondent in November 2012. As Chief White House Correspondent, Garrett reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. He is also a substitute anchor of "Face The Nation."
While covering the White House for CBS News, Garrett reported extensively on the fiscal cliff negotiations; covered President Obama's second inauguration; and reported breaking details of Obama's gun control proposals after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Garrett also traveled with President Obama to the Middle East to cover the president's first foreign trip of his second term in office.
Before joining CBS News as Chief White House Correspondent, Garrett was a fixture during CBS News' coverage of Campaign 2012 through a partnership with the National Journal, where he was Chief White House Correspondent. He co-hosted the network's coverage of the 2011 South Carolina Republican Primary debate alongside "CBS Evening News" Anchor and Managing Editor Scott Pelley.
Katie Harbath works at Facebook in their DC office as the Associate Manager for Policy. She works with elected officials and campaigns on the best ways for them to use Facebook. Previously she was at the National Republican Senatorial Committee as their Chief Digital Strategist in charge of all their online efforts.
Zac Moffatt is currently the Digital Director for Mitt Romney for President where he oversees digital strategy, online advertising, email marketing and online fundraising for the campaign. Before joining the Mitt Romney campaign Zac founded, along with Michael Beach, Targeted Victory, a full service interactive advertising agency that has quickly grown into serving over 100+ federal and national clients including the Republican National Committee, Marco Rubio for Senate and FedEx. Prior to founding Targeted Victory Zac served as the Deputy Director for Statewide efforts at Freedoms Watch, the RNC Director of Political Education and the Victory Director for the Maryland Republican Party for Governor Robert Ehrlich and Senate candidate Michael Steele. He has also served on campaigns in NY, OR and RI as well as at the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee and the 2004 Republican National Convention. Prior to the Convention, Zac served as the Associate Chief of Staff for Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City following the Mayor's successful election in 2001.
Adam Sharp joined Twitter in November 2010 as the company's first hire in Washington, DC. As senior manager, government, news and social innovation, he leads a team driving creative use of the platform by governments, political candidates, journalists, non-profit organizations and the faith community.
Called "the human embodiment of Twitter" by the New York Times, Sharp was named one of Washingtonian magazine's "People to Watch" in its 2011 "Tech Titans" listing. He came to Twitter from C-SPAN, where as executive producer, digital services, he oversaw the editorial development of C-SPAN.org and enhancements to daily public affairs coverage on C-SPAN 3 on cable.
From 2004 to 2009, Sharp served U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., as director of communications and technology, and later, deputy chief of staff. A principal strategic advisor through Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the senator's 2008 reelection campaign, Sharp was elected president of the bipartisan Senate Press Secretaries Association for a 2007-2008 term.
Previously, as manager of eBusiness and digitization for NBC News, he led a multi-divisional effort to streamline the newsgathering process through technology modernization. Over nine years in different roles with the network, Sharp took part in NBC's coverage of the 1993 through 2000 elections, the 2000 Summer Olympic Games and the September 11th attacks. In late 2001, Sharp joined New York-based Alan Weiss Productions and spent eight months at Ground Zero, documenting the World Trade Center recovery process for the Port Authority and City of New York.
A Trustees' Scholar and National Scholarship Committee member of the National Television Academy, and a board member of the National Press Foundation, he has also worked as a television reporter, magazine columnist and interactive media entrepreneur.
Daniel Sieberg is the spokesperson of Google Politics & Elections.
Daniel Sieberg is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning TV correspondent/host/author whose work across four continents has appeared on CBS News, CNN, ABC News (Nightline, GMA), MSNBC, BBC News, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera English, NPR, PBS, CNET, the Discovery Channel, Planet Green, Oprah.com, Details, The Dr. Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, and countless publications. He has also written a book about his "digital diet" concept slated for release 5/3/11 (Crown/Three Rivers).
Richard Dale "Rick" Snyder is an American business executive, venture capitalist, and Governor of Michigan. A member of the Republican Party, he assumed office as the 48th governor of Michigan on January 1, 2011. From 2005 to 2007, Snyder served as the chairman of the board of Gateway, Inc., based in Irvine, California. Previous to his election as governor, he was chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Ardesta LLC, a venture capital firm based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Governor Synder discusses Mitt Romney's chances of winning the state of Michigan in the 2012 Presidential Election. Synder declares that Romney is in touch with the needs of Michigan, and Synder is confident the candidate can take the state.