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A new tone from some in GOP on climate change — but mostly behind closed doors
Aug 23 • 34 min
We’re bringing you an episode of POLITICO’s Global Translations, a show about big global problems that will take a certain amount of creativity to solve. Driven by a public clamoring for action and pressure from corporate CEOs, lawmakers are noting an…
Which 2020 Democrat should Donald Trump most be afraid of?
Jun 26 • 39 min
To get the inside view from the only people in the world who know what it’s like to run in a primary field so large — and do so in the shadow of Donald Trump — we invited the strategists for four of the top GOP primary campaigns of 2016 into a Washington…
This is what Kirsten Gillibrand hates about running for president
May 31 • 25 min
Kirsten Gillibrand is a U.S. Senator with a soaring national profile, but her presidential campaign has yet to take flight. She’s even at risk of failing to have enough donors to make the debate stage under DNC rules, leading her to ask people for just a…
Is John Hickenlooper too normal to be president?
Mar 29 • 23 min
In a crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper makes an impression on voters as a genuine candidate, even if he’s a bit quirky. He colors outside the lines of the political conventions — a geologist by…
How it feels to win (and lose) a House majority
Nov 7, 2018 • 58 min
For our post-midterms edition of Off Message, we talked to Corry Bliss and Charlie Kelly, the two men who led the largest House campaign organizations in 2018. This election, Bliss led the Republican-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund, and Kelly led…
David Axelrod: Voters don’t want a ‘Democratic version of Trump’
Oct 30, 2018 • 59 min
The strategist behind Obama’s presidential campaigns gives his midterms predictions, shares his lightning-round thoughts on 2020 candidates and tells Tim whether he thinks any politician can recapture the Obama magic.David Axelrod doesn’t like the path…
Meet the next Ted Cruz
Oct 23, 2018 • 48 min
When Chip Roy was a top staffer for Ted Cruz, he was an architect of the Texas senator’s strategy to shut down the government over Obamacare.Now, in all likelihood, he’s heading for Congress with a House seat of his own, and top Republicans worry he’s…
Steve Scalise thinks he knows who’ll be the next House Speaker
Oct 16, 2018 • 51 min
Steve Scalise was nearly killed last summer when a gunman opened fire at the Republican congressional baseball team’s practice. Last September, after months of surgeries and intensive rehabilitation, the Louisiana congressman was met with a thunderous…
John Kerry on 2020, Trump and why we need to ask ourselves “what did you do?”
Oct 9, 2018 • 49 min
Isaac’s last episode: The former secretary of state has led a Forrest Gump-like life, from his high-school days playing hockey with Bob Mueller to introducing John Lennon at a Vietnam protest to running for president and almost winning. Some people think…
Elijah Cummings is ready to investigate Trump
Oct 2, 2018 • 50 min
If Democrats retake the House, Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings will likely become the new chair of the Oversight committee. Here, a preview of what to expect from their coming investigations of the Trump administration.Cummings says President Donald…
Ken Starr: If I was Trump’s lawyer, ‘I would be very concerned’
Sep 25, 2018 • 47 min
The Clinton-era independent counsel weighs in on Brett Kavanaugh, why Trump has an obligation to answer Mueller’s questions and whether he plans to support Trump in 2020.Ken Starr would love to hear from Donald Trump. He thinks he could help. The former…
Mazie Hirono: Brett Kavanaugh is fudging the truth
Sep 18, 2018 • 61 min
Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono gets candid about why she believes Kavanaugh’s accuser, what it’s like being the only immigrant in the U.S. Senate, and shares her own #MeToo story.Mazie Hirono thinks Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is not telling the truth…
Ben Jealous: ‘Americans are suffering under the weight of half-measures’
Sep 11, 2018 • 58 min
Ben Jealous is a venture capitalist. Opponents call him a socialist. He says that’s the cost of wanting “people to be treated in a way that’s just.”Ben Jealous campaigned all over the country for Bernie Sanders, but he has a platinum American Express card…
Seth Meyers: Trump wanted me to apologize for making fun of him (REPRISE)
Sep 4, 2018 • 44 min
A reprise episode: It wasn’t all porn star hush money: Michael Cohen once tried to negotiate an appearance by Donald Trump on Seth Meyers’ show, for what the “Late Night” host pitched as a fun way of coming together after torching Trump at the 2011 White…
Tony Perkins: Trump gets ‘a mulligan’ on Stormy Daniels and other past indiscretions (REPRISE)
Aug 28, 2018 • 47 min
A reprise episode: Donald Trump is still the answer to many conservative evangelical leaders’ prayers. Or at least to their continuing grievances. They embrace Trump the policymaker, despite being uneasy about Trump as a man, says Tony Perkins, president…
Why Michael Hayden says Trump is helping Russia (Reprise)
Aug 21, 2018 • 43 min
Michael Hayden doesn’t know whether Donald Trump colluded with the Russian attack on the 2016 election—but he’s sure the president helped the Kremlin and is continuing to do so every day.Hayden, a retired general who led the NSA and the CIA under…
Randi Weingarten: For unions, this is a ‘which side are you on’ moment
Aug 14, 2018 • 52 min
The president of the American Federation of Teachers says that union members haven’t just cooled on Trump—they’ve turned on him. Union leaders and members now “know who the bad guys are,” says Weingarten, the longtime head of the American Federation of…
Shannon Watts: How to create an ‘army of angry moms and women’ from your own kitchen
Aug 7, 2018 • 53 min
The founder of Moms Demand Action talks about how she created one of the most successful gun control groups in the country—and where they go from here. Shannon Watts has a bodyguard who travels with her. He doesn’t carry a gun—his job is to scope out the…
John Dean: Nixon ‘might have survived if there’d been a Fox News’ — Reprise
Jul 31, 2018 • 46 min
This week, an encore presentation of an interview we first brought you earlier this year. John Dean was the star witness of the Watergate investigation — the counsel to President Richard Nixon who famously flipped and became the prosecution’s star witness…
Marty Walsh: Working-class Trump voters ‘forgot where they came from’
Jul 24, 2018 • 48 min
Marty Walsh is a college drop-out and recovering alcoholic who grew up in a union household and worked his way up through organized labor and local politics. In many ways, he fits the profile of the kind of white working-class man who put Donald Trump in…
Francis Suarez: Miami’s almost-millennial, Latino mayor doesn’t like labels
Jul 17, 2018 • 40 min
Francis Suarez believes he may be the first Miami-born mayor of Miami. He also has a front-row seat to his swing state’s senate and gubernatorial races. He didn’t vote for Trump, but Mar-a-Lago isn’t far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Kate Andersen Brower: Making sense of the Trump-Pence relationship
Jul 10, 2018 • 41 min
How does Mike Pence keep his boss happy? By staying out of the spotlight, for starters, says journalist Kate Andersen Brower, whose new book looks at the relationships between presidents and their vice presidents. She describes the Trump-Pence dynamic,…
Tom Arnold: ‘Donald Trump is a D-list president, and his enemies are D-list, like Tom Arnold’
Jul 3, 2018 • 49 min
Tom Arnold talks about his hunt for Trump tapes, his selfie with Michael Cohen, and the mad coincidences that have injected him into a handful of political scandals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Seth Moulton: ‘We have a commander in chief that we fundamentally can’t trust.’
Jun 26, 2018 • 55 min
Congressman Seth Moulton is amassing an army of service-oriented Democratic candidates. His goal isn’t simply to defeat Trump; it’s to change politics — and maybe form his own national campaign in the process. He joins us to talk about military service,…
Kirsten Gillibrand: Trump is pushing the ‘devil’s schemes’
Jun 19, 2018 • 52 min
The New York senator has a different word for the family separation policy which the attorney general and White House press secretary call “Biblical.” Her word is “evil.” In the Biblical sense. Referencing the “devil’s schemes” from the Book of Ephesians,…
Jenny Durkan: ‘The baton got dropped,’ and Obama alums are running to finish what he started
Jun 12, 2018 • 42 min
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was the first Obama appointee to win a major election after his presidency. She’s part of a network of Obama administration officials that want his presidency to mark the start of a new progressive era — and in order to make it…
John Delaney: The 2020 long-shot candidate who’s gaining ground in Iowa
Jun 5, 2018 • 42 min
For Congressman John Delaney, the 2020 campaign is already underway. The money is there. So is the commitment. And people in are starting to pay attention.The little-known Maryland congressman thinks that’s part of what will transform a presidential run…
Steyer: Pelosi is ‘normalizing’ Trump by not talking about impeachment
May 29, 2018 • 48 min
The billionaire California activist says Democratic leaders who don’t take up the cause aren’t just writing off millions of potential voters, they are like those who told civil rights activists to be patient in the 1960s. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Jimmy Carter: ‘Democracy has reached its peak and is declining’
May 22, 2018 • 23 min
Former President Jimmy Carter joins us to talk about the lack of moral leadership in the White House, faith, and what it would take for Donald Trump to win the Nobel Peace Prize. We spoke to Carter at Liberty University shortly ahead of his delivery of…
Benjamin: ‘I don’t know exactly what the president cares and doesn’t care about’
May 15, 2018 • 44 min
Trump has lived his whole life in the city. So why does he have such an adversarial relationship with mayors? Mayor Steve Benjamin, the head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, joins us to discuss what cities are doing next in their battles with the Trump…
Seth Meyers: Trump wanted me to apologize for making fun of him
May 8, 2018 • 44 min
The “Late Night” host talks about President Trump, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and the time Trump sent Michael Cohen to negotiate a mea culpa from the comedian.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chris Matthews: ‘I’m not sure trust is what people want from Trump’
May 1, 2018 • 54 min
The host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” and sharp observer of politics talks about 2020, what Trump understands about white ethnic politics and what you don’t understand about cable news.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The millennial mayor who could make universal basic income a reality
Apr 24, 2018 • 44 min
Michael Tubbs is the 27-year-old leader of one of California’s biggest cities. And he’s using that position to try out some truly radical policy ideas.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rubin: Trump’s GOP ‘has become the caricature the left always said it was’
Apr 17, 2018 • 46 min
Jennifer Rubin has become a leading voice for conservative intellectuals who don’t fit comfortably in either political party—and sees the party she left behind as ‘immoral’ and ‘anti-American.’ “Republicans have permanently eliminated themselves from…
Inside Puerto Rico’s Plan to Influence the Midterm Elections
Apr 10, 2018 • 40 min
Frustrated by Congress’s response to Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló is preparing to drop a ‘hammer’ in targeted states in 2018.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Should Sessions wrap up the Mueller probe?
Apr 3, 2018 • 44 min
Rep. Matt Gaetz has emerged as Trump’s apprentice in Congress, receiving late-night phone calls from the president after his TV appearances defending him. He thinks the time has come for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to unrecuse himself, call up special…
Pete Buttigieg gets closer to a 2020 campaign
Mar 27, 2018 • 55 min
The 36-year-old South Bend mayor is an Afghanistan veteran, Rhodes Scholar, out gay man and plain-spoken Midwesterner. He also has a PAC spending money in Iowa, is staffing up with presidential campaign vets and quietly building key relationships ahead of…
Beto O’Rourke doesn’t want to be Democrats’ next national cause
Mar 20, 2018 • 57 min
The Texas congressman talks about his campaign to oust Ted Cruz, the lyrics he wrote in his old punk band, and the ways he wishes he was more like his dad.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Schwarzenegger lets loose on Trump, Big Oil and #MeToo
Mar 12, 2018 • 60 min
Live from SXSW, Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Isaac Dovere for a wide-ranging conversation on politics, the environment — and even the upcoming “Terminator” movie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Democrats Vow to Go After GOP Governors ‘Kowtowing’ to Trump
Mar 6, 2018 • 43 min
Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington and head of the Democratic Governors Association, wants gubernatorial races to become a battlefield for the anti-Trump resistance.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Michael Hayden on Trump, Russia and why you can expect more from Mueller
Feb 27, 2018 • 44 min
Retired General and former CIA Director Michael Hayden sees a “convergence” between the Trump campaign and Russia. He’s ‘very concerned’ about it—and thinks you should be, too.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BONUS: Utah Gov. on Romney’s Trump Endorsement Flip: ‘Things Have Changed’
Feb 24, 2018 • 30 min
Utah Governor Gary Herbert explains why he doesn’t mind Romney’s flip-flop on taking Trump’s endorsement, the gun law changes he’d like to see, and why Utah is chasing another shot at hosting the Olympics.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Yes to “thoughts and prayers,” but why not action, too?
Feb 20, 2018 • 44 min
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy talks about gun violence, what he has in common with Donald Trump, and his time working as a textbook salesman.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
‘Black women are realizing the power of their vote’
Feb 13, 2018 • 39 min
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on the political rise of black women, what it would take for Democrats to win Georgia in 2020, and how it feels to visit your father in prison while you’re just a child.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Joe Kennedy could be the Democrats’ best hope. But is that what he wants?
Feb 6, 2018 • 41 min
Rep. Joe Kennedy III sits down to talk about why Democrats need a big, messy primary in 2020, the reason he thinks Joe Biden would’ve defeated Trump, his time as Elizabeth Warren’s student at Harvard Law, and what it’s like to learn about your family…
House Republicans struggle with what to do about Trump
Jan 30, 2018 • 47 min
Congressman Steve Stivers heads up the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP’s campaign arm. And that means that, among other things, he’s faced with figuring out where—and how—President Trump can be helpful to Republican…
Evangelicals give Trump a ‘mulligan’ on life pre-presidency, including Stormy Daniels
Jan 23, 2018 • 48 min
Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, says that evangelical conservatives are willing to overlook Trump’s past behavior—even his alleged affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels—so long as he delivers for them on policy.“I think they are…
‘Washington was about to explode’: The Clinton scandal, 20 years later
Jan 21, 2018 • 51 min
An all-star panel discusses how #MeToo changes the way we think about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, why the scandals of 1998 would play out differently in today’s media environment, and what Trump learned from Clinton’s example.Join Politico…
Perez: GOP must answer for “appalling silence” on Trump
Jan 16, 2018 • 43 min
DNC chairman Tom Perez is the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He shares his personal reaction to President Trump’s comment about ‘shithole countries,’ and explains why he thinks the “party of Lincoln” is dead — despite the fact the GOP…
Jordan Klepper: Is what we’re living through funny?
Jan 9, 2018 • 34 min
Jordan Klepper has spent the last three months hosting the Alex Jones-style parody “The Opposition” on Comedy Central, working hard to get into the head of all the conspiracy theorists — including President Donald Trump himself — who’ve latched onto tales…
John Dean: Trump’s inner circle has no idea what’s about to hit them
Jan 2, 2018 • 47 min
John Dean, the former Nixon White House counsel, has a memo for White House lawyer Ty Cobb and the rest of President Donald Trump’s defenders as they enter 2018: believing the investigation and prosecutions will be over any time soon is “wishful…
Bill de Blasio says he isn’t running for president. So why is he in Iowa?
Dec 26, 2017 • 44 min
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes a break during his trip to Iowa to sit down with Isaac and assure him he isn’t running for president. Hizzoner talks about why he’s a polarizing figure, what it’s like being a progressive leader in the Trump era,…
Joe Manchin: How Trump is losing red-state Democrats
Dec 19, 2017 • 57 min
Joe Manchin is a rare breed: a West Virginia Democrat and self-proclaimed “radical moderate.” He’s one of 10 Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2018 in states that Trump won. Red-state Democrats like Manchin should have been putty in the president’s…
PREVIEW: Why Sen. Joe Manchin thinks Al Franken shouldn’t resign
Dec 18, 2017 • 2 min
An exclusive preview of our upcoming episode with Sen. Joe Manchin, in which he talks about the sexual misconduct allegations against Al Franken, why he hopes Franken doesn’t resign, and what he sees as total hypocrisy on the part of his fellow Democratic…
Petraeus: ‘Life is not full of high-five moments’
Dec 12, 2017 • 68 min
The retired general and former CIA director explains why he thinks Trump’s foreign policy is more continuation than change, what he knows about Mike Flynn, and what his own woes have taught him about life not being an endless series of ‘high-five…
Trump’s threat to take down the GOP still stands
Dec 5, 2017 • 50 min
Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie don’t know if Donald Trump will remain a Republican, but they believe Republicans owe him their loyalty. They join Isaac to discuss their new campaign tell-all, Donald Trump, and why they think Paul Manafort deserves…
Capitol Hill braces for a wave of sexual harassment scandals
Nov 28, 2017 • 38 min
Isaac talks with Politico congressional reporters Rachael Bade and Elana Schor about Al Franken, John Conyers, Roy Moore, why Hill staffers fear what leadership will do if they speak out about sexual harassment and what it will take for the ‘dam to break’…
Garry Kasparov on whether Trump could beat Putin in chess
Nov 21, 2017 • 37 min
Chess? That’s not what Garry Kasparov sees Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin playing—three-dimensional or any other kind. But if they did sit down for a game, the former grandmaster knows who’d win: “Both of them despise playing by the rules, so it’s who…
Perry: The Cabinet won’t stop Trump from launching a nuclear weapon
Nov 14, 2017 • 42 min
Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry is America’s nuclear conscience — and he’s worried. We talk to him about nukes, North Korea, and the two times he’s stared down the apocalypse.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Jed Bartlet and Jack Donaghy would say to Donald Trump — Alec Baldwin & Bradley Whitford
Nov 10, 2017 • 31 min
Alec Baldwin inhabits Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Bradley Whitford spent years in ‘The West Wing.’ Here’s what their time with fake presidents tells them about the real one.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Eric Holder is done holding his tongue
Nov 7, 2017 • 38 min
An Election Day special: Heading out on the campaign trail, we talk with former Attorney General Eric Holder, who has taken to the stump himself to rally Democrats in Virginia, and occupies a newly political role.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Nancy Pelosi isn’t going anywhere
Nov 2, 2017 • 58 min
Nancy Pelosi is hated; she’s a hero. She’s the Democrats’ secret weapon; she’s the Republicans’ favorite target. She’s been around politics her entire life — she tells us about a time she ditched her school’s Model UN to sit next to JFK at dinner — and at…
Preet Bharara: Trump, indictments and the Godfather
Oct 31, 2017 • 50 min
For years, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was one of the most feared prosecutors in America. Then President Trump asked him to resign. Now, as Robert Mueller’s investigation unleashes its opening torrent of indictments, we talk to Bharara about the…
Thom Tillis: ‘If they don’t like the process, change the rules’
Oct 24, 2017 • 54 min
North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis discusses his dream of going to Burning Man and how he sees Breitbart and the Huffington Post as the same. The Republican also explains about the need to focus on results in the Senate and his commitment to conservative…
Puerto Rico’s Jenniffer Gonzalez to Trump: ‘We are American citizens’
Oct 17, 2017 • 41 min
Puerto Rico’s delegate in Congress discusses what she made of President Trump’s promise to wipe away the territory’s debt, what she thinks will happen now that the White House has backtracked on it, and the new kind of community thinking that’s taken root…
Mark Kelly to lawmakers opposing gun laws: ‘You should quit’
Oct 10, 2017 • 41 min
Captain Mark Kelly sits down to discuss gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, how Gabby Giffords feels about returning to stand with her old colleagues on the Hill, and his own feelings about President Trump’s space council.Learn more about…
Rob Reiner tries to find the truth about Trump and Russia
Sep 26, 2017 • 38 min
Actor and activist Rob Reiner sits down with Isaac Dovere in New York to discuss Russia, Trump, cultural fights sweeping and country and celebrities’ role in all of it.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jeff Merkley: Meet the leader of the vast left-wing conspiracy
Sep 19, 2017 • 46 min
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley discusses what became of the wind turbine he built in his backyard, how an offhand slight in the math-science center in high school got him started in his first race, and the experience of being watched by North Korean troops…
Will Hurd: Everybody needs to stand up
Sep 11, 2017 • 36 min
Texas Congressman Will Hurd has a message for Republicans who don’t like the funding deal President Donald Trump made with Democrats: Get yourself together, or quit complaining. Hurd discusses how President Trump handled Charlottesville, bipartisanship in…
Dolores Huerta: I think the ’60s are back
Sep 5, 2017 • 26 min
Dolores Huerta, the famed labor leader who marched with Cesar Chavez and coined his rallying cry, is still mad as hell—and she was spitting fire when I asked her about President Trump’s plans to stop protecting undocumented immigrants who were brought to…
How Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan became unbeatable
Aug 29, 2017 • 41 min
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan discusses his unexpected write-in victory, turning around the city’s urban decline and turning the street lights back on. Plus, the mayor discusses his close relationship with Joe Biden and what John Kelly told him about the…
Al Sharpton & Jerry Nadler on hate in America
Aug 22, 2017 • 60 min
Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Jerry Nadler, who battled Donald Trump for years in New York, consider the lasting consequences of his Charlottesville comments and their own experiences with racism and anti-Semitism.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Cecile Richards and the future of choice politics
Aug 15, 2017 • 32 min
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards discusses women senators’ role in the health care repeal vote, the resilience of volunteers and clinics, and what the future holds for the abortion fight.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on the future of independents in politics
Aug 8, 2017 • 35 min
Bill Walker sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss the last time he saw Sarah Palin, standing in the middle of a river at age 12 when an earthquake destroyed his hometown and what his meetings during Energy Week at the White House were like. Learn more…
Obama’s inner circle is urging Deval Patrick to run
Aug 1, 2017 • 43 min
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick sits down with Isaac Dovere at Bain Capital in Boston to discuss his decision to join the investment firm, his tight-knit relationship with President Obama and what’s next for his political career. Learn more…
Maz Jobrani on Trump protest comedy
Jul 29, 2017 • 28 min
Comedian Maz Jobrani reflects back on his own immigrant experience as a child and how that has influenced his perception of the world, especially now that the country is charged by policies like President Trump’s travel ban. Jobrani discusses white…
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s not done with politics
Jul 25, 2017 • 46 min
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss gerrymandering, the similarities between politics and show business, and why he gets under President Trump’s skin.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Debating free journalism in Cuba
Jul 22, 2017 • 33 min
One of the most recognizable journalists from Cuba’s state television, Cristina Escobar, sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss censorship, the impact of President Obama’s historic visit in 2016, and Cubans’ take on the Trump White House. Learn more about…
Can Roy Cooper show Democrats how to win again?
Jul 18, 2017 • 39 min
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper talks high school sports highlights, gerrymandering and building up the Democratic party at the state levels. The governor has eyes on 2018 state Legislature races and potential special elections before then, he is…
How Trump Is changing the Washington game
Jul 14, 2017 • 35 min
Playbook co-authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman join the show to discuss how they have reworked their lives around an early morning schedule that keeps them both going 365 days per year and what they think the chances are for any major legislation…
Is Trump a Conservative? Mike Lee says yes
Jul 11, 2017 • 26 min
Here’s where Senator Mike Lee, the junior Republican senator from Utah, has landed: Trump makes sense in the White House, as the head of the Republican Party, and as a leader of the conservative moment because that’s what happened. It’s more deduction…
Wrestling with the Trump White House
Jul 7, 2017 • 40 min
Julie Pace, the new Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press, and Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for the New York Times discuss how they approach covering a president and White House that clearly wants a war with the media and…
Gerard Araud: Europeans can’t build a future without the Americans
Jul 3, 2017 • 45 min
French Ambassador Gerard Araud gives Isaac Dovere his read on Trump’s personality and the advice he gave Macron on dealing with him before their first encounter. Plus, the ambassador delves into how diplomacy in Washington has changed since the…
Mitch Landrieu: The President of the United Mayors of America
Jun 27, 2017 • 34 min
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants to turn the Conference of Mayors into a powerful national platform as cities work around, ignore and resist the White House.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ben Cardin: America in danger of stumbling into war
Jun 20, 2017 • 35 min
Maryland Senator Ben Cardin details his bizarre meeting with Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, how the Trump administration’s foreign policy strategy is affecting credibility, his take on Rex Tillerson, and what he’s prepared to do if Republicans bring a…
How Jason Kander won by losing
Jun 17, 2017 • 45 min
Jason Kander, who came shockingly close to ousting Missouri’s Republican Sen. Roy Blunt last November despite Hillary Clinton’s blowout loss in the state—has been a man in demand the last seven months. Isaac Dovere sits down with him in New Hampshire to…
Terry McAuliffe looks past the Clintons
Jun 13, 2017 • 53 min
The Virginia governor talks skydiving, how he thinks Hillary Clinton needs to step back, taking on Trump, his campaign plans for 2018 and the looming question of whether he’ll make his own White House run in 2020.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Chad Griffin & Paula Vogel
Jun 9, 2017 • 55 min
Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin assesses the record of Trump White House—and Ivanka Trump—on gay rights and what the Resistance has to learn. Tony-nominated Paula Vogel talks her play “Indecent” and anxieties about art in the age of…
Linda McMahon complains of White House ‘bottleneck’
Jun 6, 2017 • 38 min
Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon discusses going from bankruptcy to WWE millions, the first time she met Donald Trump, staffing challenges and her mission to introduce more small business owners to the SBA.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Wyclef Jean: I might run for office someday
Jun 2, 2017 • 27 min
Wyclef Jean’s advice for celebrities who want to get political: Don’t be like Kathy Griffin.Read up, said the musician of Fugees fame, and one-time aspiring celebrity-turned-president himself. And if you’re a high-profile person, think about how what…
Ben Sasse on Trump and being an adult
May 30, 2017 • 73 min
Mention President Donald Trump’s name and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse closes his eyes, rocks back and forth on his heels in almost momentary pinched smile meditation, waiting for it to pass.He never liked Trump. He still doesn’t like Trump. And now that…
Problem Solvers insist it’s not too late for tax reform
May 26, 2017 • 38 min
Rep. Tom Reed and Rep. Josh Gottheimer say that President Trump can get the biggest tax reform package in history done in conjunction with the largest infrastructure package, and that he can get it through with bipartisan support by early 2018. Reed and…
Eric Garcetti isn’t running for president (wink, wink)
May 22, 2017 • 57 min
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss his relationship with Donald Trump, what he learned about politics from his father and what his hopes are for his own political career. Plus, Isaac is joined by California Playbook author…
Rahm Emanuel: ‘America’s reliability is now in question’
May 16, 2017 • 39 min
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel believes everyone in Washington is too focused on the craze around President Trump and unable to see what’s actually going on—and what’s not. Emanuel says that “America’s word and America’s reliability is now in question,” and…
Sophia Bush: ‘I have a right to take up space’
May 8, 2017 • 48 min
Actress and political activist Sophia Bush sits down with Isaac Dovere in New Orleans to discuss fighting for what she believes in (even if that means losing followers), standing up against sexism in the work place and why her social anxiety is “through…
Tom Cotton has no problem with Donald Trump
May 4, 2017 • 52 min
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss his love of Abraham Lincoln, how he cultivated such a friendly relationship with the Trump White House and what he learned from his time in the military.Learn more about your ad choices.…
Gov. John Kasich on a “post-truth” America
May 1, 2017 • 51 min
Ohio Gov. John Kasich sits down with Isaac Dovere this week to discuss the development of his faith, the difficulty of losing both his parents at a young age to a drunk driver and the moment he met President Nixon and the incredible amount of compassion…
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ crashes up against Trump
Apr 25, 2017 • 63 min
In Donald Trump, author Margaret Atwood and actress Elisabeth Moss see an eerie echo of her novels. Activist Stephanie Schriock is fighting to ensure that they’re wrong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Elliott Abrams: Steve Bannon ‘not a good influence’
Apr 11, 2017 • 56 min
Former Reagan and Bush diplomat Elliott Abrams sounds off on Steve Bannon, President Trump’s about-face on Syria and the boss he almost had.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ed Murray: Meditating in the age of Trump
Apr 3, 2017 • 55 min
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray joins Off Message to discuss the city’s lawsuit against the federal government on the sanctuary cities, how a monk encouraged him come out as a young man and what President Trump doesn’t understand about the immigrant…
Roger Stone on Russian claims: “They have no proof”
Mar 27, 2017 • 55 min
Republican strategist Roger Stone says he’s apologized to Paul Manafort for getting him involved in all the inquiries about possible Russian connections to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But Stone says he hasn’t apologized for anything he’s done…
Dave Brat: ‘There’s primaries coming’ off Obamacare repeal
Mar 20, 2017 • 53 min
The Virginia congressman says it shouldn’t take a PhD to see what’s wrong with how his own party is handling the health care situation. He also discusses the importance of civics classes, if Paul Ryan is a conservative and his take on “fake news.”Learn…
Adriano Espaillat: Trump has ‘permeated this toxic environment’
Mar 13, 2017 • 34 min
The New York congressman discusses his experience coming to the United States as a nine-year-old boy, his take on fellow New Yorker President Donald Trump, his love for foreign affairs and more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Michael Chertoff: ‘I’d be guessing’ on Trump’s ability to handle crisis
Mar 6, 2017 • 59 min
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss the country’s most pressing security concerns, how to be prepared for the unexpected, his experiences with 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and how he thinks the…
Donna Brazile on DNC hack: ‘I was scared’
Feb 27, 2017 • 43 min
The former Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile sits down with Isaac Dovere in the midst of the election in Atlanta. Brazile opens up about the toll the 2016 election hacks took on her personally, how her good rapport with Donald…
Tom Perez: “Trump is anathema to America”
Feb 23, 2017 • 48 min
Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez discusses his fight to become the new chair of the Democratic National Party and the many mistakes made in the 2016 presidential election. Perez discusses the upcoming election to lead a party on the mend, the milestones…
Jon Karl: Trump White House “incredibly open”
Feb 13, 2017 • 39 min
ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl has a front row to the Trump White House. And despite what the president has said about the “unfair media”, Karl says this administration has been incredibly accessible and open. He also says reporters can…
Congressmen Marc Veasey and Brendan Boyle: Reaching out to blue collar voters
Feb 6, 2017 • 44 min
The two Democratic congressmen sit down with Isaac Dovere over some beers to discuss why they felt compelled to start the Blue Collar Caucus, what Republicans really think of Donald Trump and how they’re going to help Democrats understand what they missed…
Hakeem Jeffries: ‘Every racist’ voted for Trump
Feb 3, 2017 • 39 min
POLITICO’s Isaac Dovere sits down with New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to discuss his experience with detainees at JFK Airport, the similarities between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon, and how Democrats plan on pushing back against the White House.…
John Malcolm: Is Trump a Constitutional conservative?
Jan 30, 2017 • 44 min
Isaac Dovere sits down with Heritage Foundation’s John McDonald for an in-depth discussion on how the next Supreme Court justice is chosen, what sets the best candidates apart from the rest and Donald Trump’s Constitutional politics.Learn more about your…
Chuck Todd: What makes Donald Trump laugh?
Dec 30, 2016 • 55 min
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his father’s influence on his career, why he regrets allowing Donald Trump to call in to the Sunday show and the public’s perception of the media.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Keith Ellison’s one-man march
Dec 19, 2016 • 58 min
Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss growing up in Detroit, fighting Muslim stereotypes, what led him to Louis Farrakhan as a young man and why he’s best suited for the top DNC post. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Tim Ryan: Lessons in losing
Dec 16, 2016 • 53 min
Ohio congressman Tim Ryan sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how mindfulness influences his everyday life, why losing to Nancy Pelosi for House minority leader was the “best professional experience” of his life and how Democrats need to tweak their…
David Brock: Clinton campaign allowed her image “to be destroyed”
Dec 12, 2016 • 72 min
Media Matters founder and long-time Clinton friend David Brock sits down with Glenn Thrush for a 2016 post-mortem. Brock criticizes the Clinton campaign’s press strategy, lays out tactics for Democrats going forward and opens up about how pizza-gate has…
Grover Norquist: The anti-tax man’s take on Trump
Dec 4, 2016 • 61 min
Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how anti-communism books inspired his political career at 10 years old, his take on Donald Trump’s politics and why he believes America does best with less government.…
Maggie Haberman: How New York tabloids shaped Trump
Nov 27, 2016 • 77 min
New York Times reporter and friend Maggie Haberman sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how they began their career together in New York City Hall and how the tabloid culture shaped Donald Trump. Haberman also sheds light on Trump’s angry tweeting,…
Best of Off Message
Nov 8, 2016 • 40 min
In honor of Election Day, Glenn Thrush takes a look back at his favorite moments on the show - interviews that framed the narrative, made news, gave insight into the candidates’ mindsets or, at least, gave us a laugh.Learn more about your ad choices.…
Mark Stephenson and John Hagner on early voting
Oct 31, 2016 • 58 min
Data gurus Mark Stephenson and John Hagner sit down with Glenn Thrush to discuss early voting and absentee ballots - what the trends say about campaign strategies and the electorate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mark Kelly: Everyone deserves to be heard on guns
Oct 24, 2016 • 47 min
Astronaut Mark Kelly sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his lifelong experience with guns, from having two parents in law enforcement to being shot at while in Navy and, of course, the act of gun violence that left his wife, Gabby Giffords, in…
Kris Kobach: Trump’s immigration whisperer
Oct 17, 2016 • 67 min
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach sits down with Glenn Thrush in Topeka, Kansas, to discuss the challenges of being a conservative at Harvard, what has driven Kobach to make immigration reform his life’s work, his take on the Trump tapes and voter…
Michael Che, Colin Jost: What SNL’s weekend anchors really think of 2016
Oct 3, 2016 • 63 min
Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che sit down with Glenn Thrush in 30 Rock for an unvarnished conversation about hating on Donald Trump, what Hillary Clinton is like behind the scenes and growing up in New York City. These guys are hilarious…
Jen Palmieri: 2016 is ‘a harrowing experience’
Sep 25, 2016 • 56 min
Hillary Clinton’s communications director Jen Palmieri sits down with Glenn Thrush in the Brooklyn headquarters to talk debate prep and which Donald Trump the campaign is expecting on the stage Monday night. Palmieri also opens up about her time working…
Jill Stein: Trump may have ‘memory problem’
Sep 18, 2016 • 54 min
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Ann Coulter: The Doyenne of the Deplorables
Sep 12, 2016 • 72 min
Author and political commentator Ann Coulter delves into what in her genetic makeup allows her to endure and even delight in being called unsavory names (most recently at the Comedy Central Roast). Coulter also discusses why she is so drawn to Donald…
Neera Tanden: Hillary Clinton’s anger translator
Aug 29, 2016 • 64 min
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Tony Blair: Centrism may be dead
Aug 23, 2016 • 48 min
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair sits down with Glenn Thrush in London to discuss the relationship between American and British politics, his close relationship with the Clintons, Brexit, and the danger of approaching politics with a closed-mind.…
John Dickerson: Don’t blame media for Donald Trump’s rise
Aug 15, 2016 • 65 min
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Chris Murphy: Newtown gave me a mission
Aug 7, 2016 • 40 min
Senator Chris Murphy made a name for himself when he held a 15 hour filibuster calling for gun control reform. The freshman senator sits down with Glenn Thrush in Philadelphia to discuss how the Sandy Hook shooting jolted him into action - giving his work…
Jeff Weaver on the Bernie Sanders surrender
Aug 1, 2016 • 49 min
Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver sits down with Glenn Thrush in Philadelphia to discuss growing up in Vermont, his love of comic-books, Clintonism and what Sanders understands about politics that she doesn’t.Learn more about your ad choices.…
Robby Mook on how to sell Hillary
Jul 28, 2016 • 46 min
Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook sits down with Glenn Thrush in Philadelphia to discuss how they came together with the Sanders camp, why voters may not trust Clinton until after she’s elected and the Russians hacking DNC emails. Learn more…
Nancy Pelosi’s advice to Hillary Clinton: ‘Be yourself’
Jul 25, 2016 • 34 min
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sits down with Glenn Thrush in Philadelphia’s Walls Fargo Center to share her perspective on being the country’s highest-ranking female politician and what she learned from her experiences at 14 conventions - including the…
Mike DuHaime: Christie ‘wasn’t expecting’ veep nod
Jul 24, 2016 • 27 min
Longtime Chris Christie adviser Mike DuHaime sits down with Glenn Thrush in Cleveland to discuss Christie’s complicated relationship with Donald Trump, how the Bridgegate scandal affected his White House bid and Trump’s RNC performance. Learn more about…
Bill Kristol to Democrats: Don’t underestimate Trump
Jul 23, 2016 • 56 min
Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol sits down with Glenn Thrush in Cleveland to discuss his take on Donald Trump’s candidacy and why he can’t get on board. Kristol reviews Trump’s performance at the convention and muses about how he could strengthen his…
Chuck D takes on Rudy G
Jul 20, 2016 • 39 min
Public Enemy frontman Chuck D sits down with Glenn Thrush in Cleveland to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, his experience with race relations growing up in New York City and his take on the 2016 race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Ted Cruz talks: He’s not ready to endorse … yet
Jul 17, 2016 • 58 min
Texas senator and former 2016 hopeful Ted Cruz sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss Governor Mike Pence joining the Trump ticket, what the senator admires about President Obama’s past campaigns, and what he and Bernie Sanders have in common. Cruz also…
Playbook passes the torch
Jul 11, 2016 • 43 min
The new Playbook authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman sit down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how they got their start in Washington, what they’ve learned along the way and how they plan to fill the shoes of Mike Allen.Learn more about your ad choices.…
Nate Silver: Primary whiff made me humbler, smarter
Jul 4, 2016 • 70 min
Statistician and fivethirtyeight.com founder Nate Silver sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his general election predictions, how his attitude towards journalism has changed since 2008, what he’s learned from getting it wrong, and how third-party…
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Trump’s political godfather
Jun 19, 2016 • 77 min
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sits down with Glenn Thrush on his and Donald Trump’s birthday. The sheriff looks back on his 84 years and opens up about how his mother made the ultimate sacrifice for him. The two also discuss the media’s role in…
Jeff Roe: Allergy to analytics could be fatal for Trump
Jun 14, 2016 • 82 min
Ted Cruz strategist Jeff Roe and Glenn Thrush get in the weeds about campaign operations and strategy. Roe also reflects back on what went wrong on the Cruz campaign and discusses his love for baseball.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Joe Scarborough dishes on Donald Trump, Jeff Zucker
Jun 8, 2016 • 54 min
‘Morning Joe’ host Joe Scarborough sits down with Glenn Thrush to talk music, what fuels Donald Trump and the balancing act of being a good host and asking tough questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gary Johnson on Zen and the art of Trump trolling
Jun 3, 2016 • 55 min
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson sits down with Glenn Thrush to talk Donald Trump’s immigration policy, the benefits of marijuana, similarities with Bernie Sanders and how he stays so Zen.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Jeff Sessions to GOP: Adapt to Trump or die
May 30, 2016 • 56 min
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his idyllic childhood just miles away from civil rights battlegrounds, why Republican lawmakers need to accept the will of the people and support Donald Trump and the importance of…
Paul Ryan: Trump could win, but I’m not ‘betting’ on it
May 22, 2016 • 36 min
House Speaker Paul Ryan sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss the importance of party unity, how he’s adjusting to his new leadership role and the importance of keeping expectations in line with reality. The Speaker also reflects back on the 2012…
Mark Salter on Trump: ‘I think he could come apart’
May 9, 2016 • 52 min
Former top John McCain aide and one of the most prominent Republicans to publicly back Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump – tells Glenn Thrush that he believes the 2016 campaign could drive Trump insane- literally clinically insane- on cable TV. Salter…
Larry Wilmore is not joking around
Apr 28, 2016 • 46 min
Comedian and 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner host Larry Wilmore sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss what attracts people to Donald Trump and why he thinks voters might be suffering from Clinton fatigue. The Nightly Show host also rates…
Roger Stone on Trump campaign: ‘You don’t manage Donald’
Apr 25, 2016 • 66 min
Republican political adviser Roger Stone sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his advice to Donald Trump’s campaign and why the candidate didn’t take it. He also reveals the meaning behind his Richard Nixon tattoo and how his love for theater led him to…
Kirsten Gillibrand’s tearful plea to Bernie: Give up your guns
Apr 17, 2016 • 55 min
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a passionate Clinton backer and feminist, broke down during an emotional sit-down when asked her about her own conversion from a upstate House member with a 100 percent NRA rating (who once stored a shotgun under…
Tim Miller: ‘Hillary would beat him from jail’
Apr 11, 2016 • 53 min
Republican strategist Tim Miller tells Glenn Thrush why he thinks Donald Trump would be beat soundly by Hillary Clinton. The two explore the future of the Republican party, muse on a contested convention and Miller discusses the nuances of being a gay…
Hillary Clinton has had enough of Bernie Sanders
Apr 6, 2016 • 58 min
Hillary Clinton sits down with Glenn Thrush following a campaign event in Syracuse, New York. The former secretary of state compares Donald Trump to foreign demagogues and says she’s not even sure her primary opponent is a Democrat.Learn more about your…
Alan Gross on Bernie Sanders, ‘failure’ of socialism in Cuba
Mar 30, 2016 • 47 min
Former Cuban prisoner Alan Gross sits down with Glenn Thrush to recount how he spent his 1,481 days locked up, who visited him (plus what snacks they brought) and why socialism has failed Cuba. Gross also explains why he thinks Congress needs to lift the…
Gen. Michael Hayden: Hillary Clinton second choice on national security
Mar 28, 2016 • 54 min
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his career at the NSA and CIA, who he trusts in the 2016 race on national security and his criticisms of certain journalists he’s encountered over the years.Learn more about your ad…
Jill Abramson on NYT email stories: ‘Why is that a big deal?’
Mar 20, 2016 • 64 min
Jill Abramson, the first woman editor of the New York Times, tells Glenn Thrush that Hillary Clinton gets “more scrutiny” than men because she’s subjected to a political “purity test.” She also talks about beginning her career in the South, how people how…
Joel Benenson: No path for Donald Trump in November
Mar 14, 2016 • 50 min
Pollster Joel Benenson tells Glenn Thrush that Donald Trump has no path to victory in November and predicts that states like Arizona and North Carolina could flip in a Clinton/Trump matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sanders strategist Tad Devine: Losing Nevada was a game-changer
Mar 6, 2016 • 48 min
Bernie Sanders’ senior advisor Tad Devine sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how the loss in Nevada forced the campaign to restrategize, what drove Sanders to double down on the Goldman Sachs attacks, reclaiming American imagery with their ads and…
Former top Ted Cruz adviser: Conservatives won’t stop making case against Trump
Feb 29, 2016 • 41 min
Rick Tyler sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his sudden dismal from the Cruz campaign, why conservatives will keep pushing back against Trump and the future of the Republican party.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
David Plouffe: Hillary Clinton has 98% chance of beating Bernie Sanders
Feb 28, 2016 • 56 min
Former Obama political strategist and UBER SVP David Plouffe sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss Hillary Clinton’s winning odds, why she’s a better candidate, the Donald Trump phenomenon and muses on how the Trump, Clinton matchup would end. Learn more…
Ben Carson: Obama was ‘raised white’
Feb 22, 2016 • 34 min
Dr. Ben Carson sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how his background has informed his presidential campaign, his feelings about President Obama and classism vs. racism. Plus, Dr. Carson divulges his strategies for staying so calm and defends his…
Rev. Al Sharpton: Donald Trump is the white Don King
Feb 21, 2016 • 37 min
Rev. Al Sharpton talks with Glenn Thrush about what drives Donald Trump in today’s episode of the Off Message podcast. Sharpton also discusses Bernie Sanders’ Brooklyn roots and his record on race, and what it’ll take for one of the candidates to receive…
‘The Big Short’ director on supporting Bernie Sanders and avoiding politics with his parents
Feb 14, 2016 • 24 min
‘The Big Short’ director Adam McKay sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how the financial crisis is shaping the 2016 presidential race — and to trace the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders back to what happened on Wall Street. Learn more…
Jeb goes after Marco: ‘He’s never been challenged in his life’
Feb 7, 2016 • 35 min
Governor Jeb Bush and Glenn Thrush discuss the 2016 race, standing up to Donald Trump, George W. Bush’s presidency and more while the Jeb! campaign bus makes its way from Manchester to Concord.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Martin O’Malley insists he won’t play Iowa kingmaker, tells supporters “hold strong”
Feb 1, 2016 • 35 min
Governor Martin O’Malley sits down with POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush in Johnston, Iowa, to discuss what motivates him to keep campaigning despite low poll numbers, his parents’ influence on his political career, the Celtic punk band The Pogues and why voting…
Glenn Thrush interviews President Obama on Iowa, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the 2016 race
Jan 24, 2016 • 39 min
In an Oval Office interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast, the president offers his most expansive comments yet on the race to succeed him in the White House.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hugh Hewitt gives Donald Trump 25 percent chance of winning nomination
Sep 21, 2015 • 48 min
Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt sits down with Glenn Thrush to talk about the 2016 race, how he got his start in politics and why Donald Trump is the best interview.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
George Pataki: The underdog’s take
Sep 11, 2015 • 26 min
POLITICO’s Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush sits down with Republican 2016 candidate George Pataki at the Mayflower Hotel to discuss the race and what compelled him to jump in. The former New York governor also expands on his immigration stance…
Axe on Hillary: I would have nixed paid speeches, book tour
Sep 2, 2015 • 27 min
Glenn Thrush with David Axelrod, author of ‘Believer,’ on President Barack Obama’s evolution on same-sex marriage, Valerie Jarrett’s role in the White House, Hillary Clinton in 2016 and why reporters are some of his best friends.‚ÄčLearn more about your ad…
Nicolle Wallace’s advice to Carly Fiorina: Hands off Hillary
Sep 2, 2015 • 34 min
POLITICO’s Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush sits down with ‘Madam President’ author and political commentator Nicolle Wallace this week. The two political junkies talk 2016’s female candidates, the similarities between Jeb Bush and Hillary…
Paul Ryan’s advice to Hillary: Figure out who you are
Apr 20, 2015 • 36 min
POLITICO’s Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush sits down Rep. Paul Ryan to discuss growing up in Wisconsin, his love of Metallica and being Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012. The Ways and Means chairman also offers some advice to Hillary Clinton…
50 Shades of Barney Frank
Apr 20, 2015 • 41 min
POLITICO’s chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush sits down with Congressman Barney Frank to discuss his early life in Bayonne, New Jersey, the challenges of concealing his private life, the politics of being gay in Congress and the New York Times…