The National Journal contrasts the clash of the candidates, and they offer a predicting future of Barack Obama's second term if he beats Mitt Romney.
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.
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.
David Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and contributes to Parade Magazine. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best-seller, Eyewitness to Power. In the 1980s, he also served as chief editor of US News & World Report. He serves on many boards, including Teach for America, City Year, the Schwab Foundation, and the Aspen Institute, and is chair of the advisory board for Elon University School of Law. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, a veteran of the US Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the US executive committee for the Trilateral Commission.
John Harwood is an American journalist who is the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNBC and a writer for The New York Times. He writes a weekly column entitled "The Caucus" that appears on Monday about Washington politics and policy.
Jim Kessler is the Vice President for Policy and a co-founder of Third Way. He works on issues across the policy spectrum. A longtime Capitol Hill veteran, he served as Legislative and Policy Director to Representative/Senator Charles Schumer. Mr. Kessler helped pass landmark legislation on crime, gun safety, and domestic violence. From 2001 to 2004 he served as Director of Policy and Research for Americans for Gun Safety.
He has appeared frequently as a political commentator on television, radio, on the web, and in newspapers - including 60 Minutes, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, ABC News World News Tonight, The CBS Evening News, NPR's Morning Edition, and Marketplace Radio. Mr. Kessler earned his Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and his Bachelor's degree in Political Science.
Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress and Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Tanden has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, Tanden served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, leading strategic planning of the organization, managing all operations including all of the organization’s finance and fundraising efforts, and serving as a key member of CAP’s executive team. Tanden focused the organization on measuring the impact of the Center’s work.
Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, asserts that the Obama Administration has big ideas a possible second term. Tanden argues that obstructionist tactics from the Republicans are holding back his agenda.
John Harwood, Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC, believes that a major budget deal will pass in Congress should Barack Obama be reelected. David Gergen, political analyst for CNN, is less optimistic, and argues that partisanship will persist even if Obama wins a second term.