National Journal and The Atlantic will compare the candidates Obama and Romney in the 2012 election. Their views, positions, and leadership styles will be discussed. With the two presidential nominees sharply diverging on key policy issues such as the economy, workplace policy and foreign policy, President Obama and Governor Romney will provide the American public with the starkest contrast since 1984 if not 1964. National Journal and The Atlantic will examine this clash of policy ideas, each candidate's vision for America and a broad range of public policy issues destined to define the 2012 general election cycle.
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Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and he coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media. Brownstein was twice named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1996 and 2004 presidential campaigns. In addition, he is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Excellence in Media Award from the National Council on Public Polls in 2005, and the Journalist of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2005. In 2007, the American Political Science Association presented him its Carey McWilliams Award for lifetime achievement.
Chen, who worked with Mitt Romney on his 2008 presidential bid, joined Romney's Free and Strong America PAC as policy director early in 2011. Chen has worked in academia, on campaigns and in the government: "I've always been stuck between two fields-I like academia, but I also like being in D.C. and working on policy," he told the Harvard Crimson in 2007.
Chen grew up in California but decided to study at Harvard University, which landed him on the East Coast. He became active in college Republican politics and after graduation, spent a year in Washington, D.C., as a political consultant. He returned to Cambridge to begin his Ph.D., but kept one foot in the political world. In 2003, Chen was a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and in 2004, he worked with the Bush-Cheney campaign on domestic policy.
Candy Alt Crowley is an American news anchor currently employed as CNN's Chief Political Correspondent, specializing in U.S. presidential, gubernatorial, and Senate elections. She is based in CNN's Washington bureau and is the anchor of their Sunday morning talk show, State of the Union with Candy Crowley. She has covered elections for over two decades.
Major Elliott Garrett is a Congressional correspondent with the National Journal. Prior to joining the National Journal he was the senior White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel. He covered the 2004 presidential election, the War on Terror, and the 2008 presidential election where he covered the Democratic primaries and later Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee.
He is married to Julie Kirtz, a Washington, D.C. correspondent for Fox News weekend.
Byron York, National Review's White House correspondent, is the author of the book The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of How Democratic Operatives, Eccentric Billionaires, Liberal Activists, and Assorted Celebrities Tried to Bring Down a President - and Why They'll Try Even Harder Next Time.
CNN journalist and news anchor Candy Crowley discusses the future of the GOP and whether it can survive as a white male-only party. Because of Obama's dominance with non-white voters, Crowley argues that Republicans cannot afford to ignore people of color.