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September 1, 2013
Charlie Cook
Cook Political Report, Editor and Publisher
Charlie Cook BIO:
Charlie Cook was born and raised in Shreveport Louisiana. He graduated from Captain Shreve High School in 1972. He received a degree in Political Science from Georgetown University in 1976. Mr. Cook has been the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report since 1984. Prior to that, he spent twelve years as a columnist for Roll Call, and has been a regular columnist for the “National Journal” since 1998. In 2006 Mr. Cook was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame for his work. He is a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Mr. Cook has two sons and a daughter and currently lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife Lucy.

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Info: Our guest is Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report. Charlie discusses his more than thirty year career as a political analyst, and why some have labeled him “the oracle” of national politics. He explains the purpose behind his comprehensive political newsletter, which began in 1984 and tracks every Congressional race in the country. Mr. Cook says that he seeks complete objectivity and notes that if both sides of the aisle are mildly annoyed, but not absolutely going crazy, he is “roughly in the right place.” He talks about his success in picking up trends fairly early and sites the Republican takeover of the House in 1994 and 2010 as examples of wave elections that he predicted early in the election cycle. Charlie also relates his mistake in 1985 of predicting the election of a female president before a minority president. He describes what changed in the country to bring about that reality. In addition, Cook tells the story of an Indiana House election in 1984 between Frank McCloskey (D-IN) and Rick McIntyre (R-IN). The Democratic majority in the House chose to seat their own candidate without holding the contested race over again. He states this single event started a “downward spiral” in the civility of politics in Washington.

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