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, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media’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 coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media. Mr. Brownstein also writes for 2012 Decoded.
Prior to joining Atlantic Media, Brownstein was the national affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has also served as the Times' national political correspondent and the author of the weekly Washington Outlook column. Brownstein is a National Journal alumnus, having served as the magazine's White House and national politics correspondent from 1983-1986, and then as its west coast correspondent through 1989. He appears regularly on national television, including NBC, ABC, CBS, and MSNBC, and served as a political analyst for CNN from 1998 through 2004. His sixth and most recent book, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, was published by Penguin in November 2007.
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 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.
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.