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Ron Klain has prepared Democratic presidential candidates for debates since 1992, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama.
  • In early 2011, Klain stepped down as Vice President Joe Biden's Chief of Staff to join Case Holdings,  the holding company for the business and philanthropic interests of former AOL chairman Steve Case. Klain told the Washington Post, ""The chance to do something great, exciting and new made this a compelling offer I couldn't say no to."
  • Steve Case himself told the Wall Street Journal that Klain's position with his group "is a broader role overseeing finance, communications, and helping manage our 20 companies as well as work with the rest of our team."
  • The New  York Times reported that Klain had been considered as a replacement for the president's Chief of Staff when Rahm Emanuel left. 
  • Klain writes a bi-weekly column for Bloomberg. Read his columns here

Kevin Madden is the former communications director for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign. 

  • Currently, Madden serves as the Executive Vice President/Public Affairs for JDA Frontline. JDA Frontline does everything from strategic media planning to crisis communications for clients ranging from public and private corporations to political organizations. Read their bio of him here
  • ABC News reported on Madden's spin after a 2008 debate where Romney got ravaged by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Madden spun it, saying, "If they are ignoring you, they aren’t worried about you." And how did Romney handle the abuse? Madden stuck to the line that "he showed the greatest degree of poise on the stage."
  • In this 2007 Los Angeles Times article, Madden speaks for the Romney campaign and explains that one of its struggles is that "we're not well-known" and that it's difficult to raise money at the same time you're trying to introduce a candidate to voters. 
  • In this New York Times blog about campaign staffers and their family, they write that in 2008 Madden's 20-month-old son had been spotted "strutting about with a Blackberry, jabbering nonsense and punching away at the keys."