For the latest episode of the Washington Insider podcast, Tammy Haddad talks with Kailash Satyarthi who has devoted his life to ending child slavery and fighting child labor and poverty. He was recognized for his work in 2014 with the Nobel Peace Prize alongside fellow childhood education activist, Malala Yousafzai. Kailash brought his message to Washington, D.C. in June. He sat down with Washington Insider to discuss how he discovered and continues to pursue his lifelong mission.
If noted Democratic strategist and campaign veteran Bob Shrum was invited into the Hillary Clinton campaign war room, he would offer up some sage advice: “Get on with it!”
With the latest polls showing the Democratic front-runner’s unfavorable ratings up to 50% and an increasing number of voters telling pollsters that she is not honest and trustworthy, Shrum told a special live edition of TRAIL TALK (@TrailTalkPod) that “a lot of people thought that Hillary Clinton was vaccinated against scandal stories – that voters after 23 years of these things just didn’t care and wouldn’t pay attention. Well, it looks like they might care and they are paying attention. I think that was compounded by the fact that the soft launch of her campaign, which I thought was smart, went on way too long and left a vacuum. And in that vacuum, we talked about emails and we talked about the Clinton Foundation. What she has to do right now is set out a vision for the future, a vision for the country, and she has to energize herself and energize voters.”
Also featured on the live podcast, held at Georgetown’s Dog Tag Bakery to celebrate the official launch last month of TRAIL TALK by former TV Producers Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin, Republican strategist and former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Rob Collins agreed and noted that Hillary Clinton’s lack of accessibility could prove to be problematic when compared to the largely talkative Republican field. “I can’t identify a candidate on our side who has a desire to not talk to press the way we see with Hillary, closing her bubble around her tight.”
Shrum and Collins also weighed in on the impact of Bill Clinton, the growing controversy over the Republican Presidential debate process, the role of Super PACs, and whether a high-profile political figure could throw his/her hat into the ring to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
Rob Collins, former NRSC Executive Director, and Bob Shrum, former Democratic presidential campaign manager, will be the special guests for tonight’s launch party of the Trail Talk Podcast at Dog Tag Bakery.
Trail Talk was created by veteran TV producers Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin to feature up close news from the 2016 presidential campaign trail. Futures episodes will highlight strategists, journalists, lawmakers, pollsters and the candidates themselves, exploring what it takes to get elected, how policy decisions are made, and why it matters.
Look for a live stream of the podcast from tonight’s party at 7 pm ET on whcinsider.com.
For Episode 2 of Trail Talk, Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin spoke with presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Following are excerpts of the interview where she discusses RNC debates, Hillary Clinton, her departure from HP, and being underestimated. Download the podcast on AudioBoom or iTunes.
ON BEING INCLUDED/EXCLUDED IN THE RNC DEBATES
MS. FISCHER MARTIN: Do you expect to be in the debates?
MS. FIORINA: I do.
MS. FISCHER MARTIN: And have you talked to the RNC about that, and what do you think the criteria, if anything, should be?
MS. FIORINA: I have not had a specific conversation with the RNC about that. It’s not something they’re prepared to talk to candidates about. They need to go through that, their decision-making process. But, I know what it feels like on the ground, and I know that we are, look, I’m not a professional politician, so a lot of people don’t even know who I am yet [chuckles].
MS. FISCHER MARTIN: Right, which is going to be hard when you’re polling with 15, 16 other people in a poll, there naturally is going to be a large group of people who are polling at 1 or 2 percent.
MS. FIORINA: That’s right.
MS. FISCHER MARTIN: And, if the RNC says, “We are going to cut it off at 5 percent,” how do you make the case or what do you do if you’re not included?
MS. FIORINA: Well, it’s May and my candidacy is ten days old.
MS. FISCHER MARTIN: So you expect to be higher in the polls by August.
MS. FIORINA: Of course.
ON HILLARY CLINTON AS A FORMIDABLE CANDIDATE
She’s a formidable woman, and she’ll be a formidable candidate. She will raise more money than anybody. She will have a great ground game, which the Democrat Party has built up over two election cycles. She’s hard working. She’s very smart.
ON HILLARY CLINTON AND TRUSTWORTHINESS
She has peddled fiction…the story about the server in her basement; I mean nobody believes that that was anything other than a purposeful attempt to shield her communications from people she didn’t think deserved to look at them. It’s inconceivable to most people that she didn’t consider it a conflict of interest when foreign governments are providing millions of dollars to her family’s foundation and paying her husband huge speaking fees while she is serving as Secretary of State. And despite an agreement to disclose all this, she did not disclose any of it. I mean people understand that that indicates a lack of transparency and trustworthiness.
ON BEING FIRED FROM HP
When you challenge the status quo, you make enemies. But leaders challenge the status quo. It’s their job. Managers operate within the status quo. Managers do the best they can within the existing system. And I would argue we got lots of politicians who are managers.
ON BEING UNDERESTIMATED
MS. HADDAD: Any lessons along the way you want to share?
MS. FIORINA: Well, actually I was a scared goody-two shoes, shy middle child. And [chuckles], you know, I started out as a secretary. And perhaps one of the things I’ve learned along the — I mean I’ve been underestimated all my life, starting as a secretary and ultimately becoming a chief executive of the largest technology company in the world, lots of people underestimated me along the way.
For Episode 2 of the Trail Talk Podcast, we spoke to Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina from the campaign trail.
In a crowded field of candidates, Fiorina says she fully expects to be included in the first GOP debate later this summer and she defends her role as one of the sharpest critics of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. More personally, Fiorina talks about the leadership lessons that she learned from her rocky tenure as the CEO of HP and how she grew up from a “scared goody-two shoes, shy middle child” into a confident woman.
You can download Episode 2 on iTunes or AudioBoom and subscribe to future episodes via the Washington Insider Channel on iTunes or AudioBoom. If you missed our first episode with Sen. Lindsey Graham and the creator of House of Cards, Beau Willimon you can listen here.
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For the inaugural episode of Trail Talk, Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin spoke with Beau Willimon, screenwriter and show runner of the Netflix hit political thriller, HOUSE OF CARDS. Following are excerpts of his interview where he discusses why there are currently so many DC-based political TV shows, shares his perspective on the evolution of TV, and explains how House of Cards prevents leaks.
WHY SO MANY DC-BASED POLITICAL TV SHOWS
“I would say that really over the past 15 years or so, the American public seems to be more politically conscious than it was in the decade or two prior to that, and that’s largely because of 9/11, of the War on Terror, number of wars overseas, an election in 2000 that was highly disputed. Politics became a big part of everyone’s life because there were real stakes, attached to it, in ways that there hadn’t been to the same degree in years previous and maybe that heightened political consciousness has led to a deeper interest in these sort of stories.”
EVOLUTION OF TV/NETFLIX
“I don’t think you can really draw a distinction between Internet television and other forms of television at this point. I would say you can’t even really draw a distinction between television and film. You have so many types of distribution, so many different types of networks and broadcasters. Formal differences between film and TV are falling away in terms of the way that they’re filmed, the sort of talent that TV is drawing to it. You’ve got a bunch of limited series which seems to be the new fad now. They used to be called miniseries. There might be four or six episodes, which are essentially just long movies.
“I think that what’s most exciting is that you have a technological and a cultural paradigmatic shift happening at the same time and they’re intertwined. Netflix has expanded at a speed that you really haven’t seen in Hollywood before, at least not for a very long time. It was only three-and-a-half years ago that Netflix got into the game, and now they have dozens of shows that they are launching and are in development, major franchises, a huge diverse slate. Other competitors are getting into the game in a serious way like Amazon, Hulu. I don’t think that Netflix or Amazon, for instance, is going to replace all of the hundreds of networks that we have on cable but I do think that those networks may adapt to the new environment. HBO is a good example. They now have their own streaming service, specific to their network. And I think things are just changing very fast. It’s difficult to predict what it will be. I think what it is now, in ten years will probably seem antiquated to what it will be, and we can’t even imagine what it will be. I think the only thing we can count on that it’s going to continue to evolve at a very fast pace.”
SEASON 4 OF HOUSE OF CARDS – NO LEAKS
WILLIMON: There’s plenty of leaks in Washington but we’re pretty good at “House of Cards” keeping leaks from happening, and I’m certainly not going to be the one who breaks ranks.
HADDAD: Do you lock up that writers’ room at night?
WILLIMON: Oh, yeah, we do lock it up.
MARTIN: Do you have your own e-mail server?
WILLIMON: There are a lot of security precautions. I mean, we don’t know how well we can protect ourselves from PRISM, but they haven’t let the cat out of the bag yet so…
MARTIN: You haven’t done anything to upset the North Koreans, then, too. Right?
WILLIMON: Well, see, like you’re trying to ask sneaky questions. You’re thinking that in a dispositive way of however I answer that might say something about Season 4, so, no comment.
For the inaugural episode of Trail Talk, Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin spoke with Beau Willimon, screenwriter and show runner of the Netflix hit political thriller, HOUSE OF CARDS. Following are excerpts of his interview where he discusses the power game in Washington, D.C. and shares his impressions of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign rollout.
POWER IN WASHINGTON
“I think one major truth about politics is that no form of power is absolute. Even if you become the president of the United States, the most powerful man or woman in the Free World, that power comes with limitations, with constraints, with pressures. You may, even if you’re elected, and Francis Underwood wasn’t, you may have a mandate but you still have to work with Congress; you still have to rely on allies; you still have to contend with enemies, and the popular will can shift on a dime. So any president faces these sort of dilemmas, even if they’ve, you know, assumed office with a great deal of popular support behind them. We’ve seen that a number of times in the past few decades, and how quickly that good will can shift.”
ON HILLARY CLINTON’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
“I’m a huge fan of Hillary Clinton. I worked a little bit on her first Senate campaign. A lot of my friends have worked for both the Clintons and all of those that worked for Hillary Clinton adore her. I was a big supporter of hers in 2008. She was my senator. I also loved Barack Obama a lot, and I thought for the first time in ages we had an embarrassment of riches in the Democratic Party, where either one of the two major candidates would have made for a good president.
“I’m very biased, you know. I am rooting for Hillary Clinton. I had thought she’d make a good president then and I still believe she’d make a good president now.
“In terms of the rollout itself, I thought it was well done. I really respect the fact that she’s taking nothing for granted, that she’s going to go out and pound the pavement and shake the hands and kiss the babies in New Hampshire and Iowa, if that’s what it takes out there, and, I think there’s a degree of confidence in her campaign but also a degree of humility. And that combination, in the right balance is what we look for in our candidate.”
Veteran TV producers Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin present TRAIL TALK, the up close news from the 2016 presidential campaign trail. This inaugural episode of TRAIL TALK features conversations with potential 2016 presidential hopeful Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Beau Willimon, screenwriter and show runner of the Netflix hit political thriller, HOUSE OF CARDS.
Futures episodes will feature strategists, journalists, lawmakers, pollsters and the candidates themselves, exploring what it takes to get elected, how policy decisions are made, and why it matters.
WASHINGTON INSIDER RELEASES FIRST “TRAIL TALK” EPISODE FEATURING HOUSE OF CARDS’ BEAU WILLIMON AND PRESIDENTIAL-HOPEFUL LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC)
CO-HOSTED BY TAMMY HADDAD AND BETSY FISCHER MARTIN
SIRIUS XM TO PREVIEW WASHINGTON INSIDER EPISODES ON ITS P.O.T.U.S. CHANNEL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH AT 9 PM ET
WASHINGTON, DC – April 24, 2015 — Following on the heels of its debut, WASHINGTON INSIDER, a new podcast channel that looks at how money, power and celebrity drive politics and policy in America’s capital city, has released the inaugural episode of TRAIL TALK.
TRAIL TALK, presented by WASHINGTON INSIDER, is a regular series of political podcasts led by two television news producers that will take listeners behind the scenes and inside the action along the stops of the 2016 presidential campaign. Betsy Fischer Martin, the former longtime executive producer of NBC’s MEET THE PRESS, now an executive in residence at American University’s School of Public Affairs and a contributing editor for MORE Magazine, will co-host TRAIL TALK, along with Tammy Haddad, the creator of WASHINGTON INSIDER and veteran television executive producer behind MSNBC’S election coverage and several shows including HARDBALL, LARRY KING LIVE and the TODAY SHOW.
The first episode of TRAIL TALK features conversations with potential 2016 presidential hopeful Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Beau Willimon, screenwriter and show runner of the Netflix hit political thriller, HOUSE OF CARDS. Futures episodes will feature strategists, journalists, lawmakers, pollsters and the candidates themselves, exploring what it takes to get elected, how policy decisions are made, and why it matters.
TRAIL TALK Episode #1 with Beau Willimon and Sen. Lindsey Graham
HOUSE OF CARDS’ Beau Willimon reflects on power in Washington, Hillary Clinton’s campaign roll-out, protecting Season 4 from hackers, the evolution of Internet television and the future of news. Presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham talks about losing his “wingman” status, his friendship with Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, his pathway to the GOP nomination and why he doesn’t ever use email.
SIRIUS XM will preview the WASHINGTON INSIDER podcasts on its P.O.T.U.S. channel (#124), on Saturday evening, April 25, at 7:00pm to 9:00pm Eastern, preceding SIRIUS’ coverage of the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
SIRIUS XM will air a two-hour block of WASHINGTON INSIDER featuring conversations with:
A Candid History of the White House and the Press
George Condon, White House correspondent for National Journal and unofficial historian of the White House Correspondents’ Association, shares a candid and humorous history of the White House and the press and tells us there used to be more celebrities in the old days.
The Quest for “Vigorous, Adversarial” Coverage of the President
Tribune and L.A Times White House Correspondent Christi Parsons, who also serves as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, offers a no-holds-barred plea for the urgent need for greater media access to the President and the White House. Parsons also shares how she convinced SNL’s Cecily Strong to perform at the 2015 WHCA Dinner.
Using Celebrity to Drive Policy Change in Washington, D.C.
Tim Daly, star of the CBS drama Madam Secretary, and Robin Bronk, CEO of the Creative Coalition, discuss the important role Hollywood celebrities play in shining a light on policy issues important to them and millions of other Americans while mesmerizing Washingtonians when they join the White House Correspondents weekend activities.
Mixing Hollywood and Washington for Hilarious Results
Actor, director, writer and producer Chris Addison talks about the peril and benefit of creating the hilarious video that teamed U.S. Vice President Joe Biden with Selina Meyer, fictional vice president of HBO’s VEEP, played by comic genius Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The result was a masterpiece that brought down the house at last year’s dinner.
The Role of Race in Covering the White House
April Ryan, a White House correspondent since 1997, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, and author of The Presidency in Black and White, shares her thoughts about covering three presidents and representing those who for too long have been removed from America’s power centers.
Mixing Politics with Comedy to Create the Comedian-in-Chief
Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett, former speechwriters for President Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton – who also helped create the comedic presentations for President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner – discuss what it takes to make the President the funniest person in the room.
Captain Richard Phillips and the Impact of Accidental Celebrity
Captain Richard Phillips, the hero of the Maersk Alabama hijacking, shares his thoughts on what happened when he attended the White House Correspondents Weekend and was thrust into the media spotlight.
Tammy Haddad, Simon Marks and Betsy Fischer Martin are co-executive producers of WASHINGTON INSIDER’s TRAIL TALK. This programming is a production of Haddad Media, a multi media consulting and production company, and Feature Story News, the world’s largest independent custom news agency, serving television, radio and digital clients from a growing network of global bureaus.
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