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12-02-2016, 12:08 AM
Some good stuffs here, this goes on over the next few days. Soundcloud audio for the sessions at the link below.

Capturing a “first draft of history” about presidential campaigns from their managers, senior strategists and media and political observers has been the focus of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics Campaign for President: The Managers Look conference every four years since 1972.

In the aftermath of this year’s tumultuous and ground-breaking election cycle, that insiders’ view will again come into focus on November 30 and December 1 as the key players from the Democratic and Republican campaigns convene in Cambridge for Campaign for President: The Managers Look at 2016, organized in collaboration with the Shorenstein Center on the Media, Politics and Public Policy.

Opening Roundtable Session
One person from each campaign will be asked to briefly outline their initial campaign strategy. What was your candidate's rationale? What was the path to victory? Lois Romano, Political Correspondent for The Washington Post and Peter Hamby, Head of News for Snapchat moderated the opening roundtable session.

Panel Discussion: The Media and Election 2016
Sasha Issenberg, author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, moderates this panel discussion on media and the 2016 Election.

Panel speakers:
Marty Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post
Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor, AP
Elliot Schrage, Vice President of Global Communications, Marketing and Public Policy, Facebook
Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide

Democratic Primaries and Convention
Kasie Hunt, political correspondent for NBC News, Abby Phillip, reporter for The Washington Post, and Jeff Zeleny, senior Washington correspondent for CNN, moderated this discussion with representatives from the Democratic campaigns.

Republican Primaries and Convention
Molly Ball, staff writer for The Atlantic, Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, and Jerry Seib, Washington bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, moderated the discussion with representatives from the Republican campaigns.

Bush: Danny Diaz, David Kochel; Rubio: Terry Sullivan, Todd Harris; Christie: Mike DuHaime; Walker: Rick Wiley; Jindal: Timmy Teepell; Graham: Christian Ferry; Fiorina: Frank Sadler; Paul: Chip Englander; Cruz: Jeff Roe, Jason Johnson; Huckabee: Sarah Sanders , Chip Saltsman; Carson: Ed Brookover, Barry Bennett; Trump: Corey Lewandowski, Michael Glassner, Tony Fabrizio, Paul Manafort

Roundtable Discussion: The General Election
Representatives from the Trump and Clinton campaigns joined together to discuss the general election. The roundtable was moderated by Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Katherine Miller of Buzzfeed, and Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC.

Clinton: Robby Mook, Mandy Grunwald, Teddy Goff, Karen Finney, Jennifer Palmieri, Joel Benenson

Trump: Kellyanne Conway, David Bossie, Tony Fabrizio, Brad Parscale, Corey Lewandowski


12-02-2016, 12:13 AM
The Media and Election 2016, they were going off on Jeff Zucker about live feeds to the empty stages and those idiot panel shouting matches.

12-02-2016, 02:32 AM
Republican Primaries and Convention:

- several campaigns poll tested their candidate supporting a Muslim ban, the Carson campaign was the only one who found it helped.

- none of the campaigns made a serious attempt to draw support from Trump, they focused on stopping the other 66% from going to Trump

- Huckabee and Graham campaigns spent a lot of time looking for things that weren't there

- Rand and Christie were very aware of the setup questions for the debates, afterward they found it hurt both of them with the voters

- Christie's campaign was going broke, they had planned to attack Rubio later in the primary season, but did it early because they failed hard in NH.

- Rubio going after Trump was an attempt to flip Cruz and Kasich donors to his campaign.

- The Cruz-Kasich deal was also on for NY, the whole thing was a mistake, Cruz had no business being in IN, wanted the western states instead.

- When Manafort was brought into the Trump campaign, he told Trump to forget about the Cruz delegates coming up through the state conventions and focus on the remaining races in IN and Atlantic states; if he wins there, it will all but stop a 2nd ballot.

- The Cruz-Fiorina ticket was designed to get them more than 1% media share, it got them up to 25% for a few days, but the bigger problem was that even Cruz supporters they polled said they believed Trump would win.

- Fiorina was already on the Cruz campaign short list for VP, and would have been his running mate even if he won and did not announce early.

- The Carson campaign went into a freefall during the Paris attacks.