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Sunday Study Guide: Christie, Plouffe, and roundtable

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)

  • The vice chair of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is his first term as governor. A recent Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll, out Thursday, found Christie’s approval rating at 53 percent among all New Jersey residents and 55 percent among registered voters. Christie is up for re-election next year.
  • Christie is a familiar face on the campaign trail, stumping for Republican candidates around the country in states like New Hampshire and Iowa. While speaking at a rally for New Hampshire gubernatorial hopeful Ovide Lamontagne, Christie said Mitt Romney will get a boost from the upcoming presidential debates. He said, “He’ll be for the first time on the same stage as the president of the United States. I think when people make that comparison, momentum’s going to head in his direction.”
  • Christie’s trips to states like Iowa and New Hampshire have fueled speculation he is laying the foundation for a 2016 presidential run. He has said, “If I’m back in New Hampshire in 2016, I hope it’s campaigning with President Romney for re-election.”
  • Watch Gov. Christie’s last Meet the Press appearance here.


David Plouffe

  • David Plouffe is a senior adviser to President Obama. He managed the president’s 2008 campaign. Recently Plouffe has been aiding the president in preparation for Wednesday’s first Obama-Romney debate in Denver.
  • He is also the author of “The Audacity to Win.” The book details the president’s 2008 campaign and how to win an election in modern politics.  
  • He has worked on both state and federal campaigns throughout his political career. He began his career with a re-election campaign for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin in 1990. Plouffe has also served as the deputy chief of staff for Democratic leader Dick Gephardt in the U.S. House of Representatives, and as executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
  • Here is his last Meet the Press appearance.



  • Founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed served as a senior adviser to the Bush/Cheney campaigns in 2000 and 2004, and as the executive director of the Christian Coalition from 1989-1997. Reed’s organization will be calling, visiting and reaching out to conservative religious voters in 15 key states to try to boost voter turnout for Mitt Romney. Reed has said that in response to this effort, Democrats like Sen. Harry Reid are trying to discourage evangelical voters by reminding them Romney is Mormon. He said, “I don’t think it’s an accident that within 72 hours after we announced the biggest voter mobilization effort ever among evangelical voters that they play the religion card.” He is also the author of "The Confirmation."
  • Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) said this week that both President Obama and Mitt Romney were at their best speaking at the U.N. General Assembly and Clinton Global Initiative, respectively. Rendell said, “I think the debates are going to be very interesting. These debates are not going to be a slam dunk for President Obama as many people say. Gov. Romney is very effective in that type of venue and setting and he looks presidential, so I think these debates are going to be very, very interesting.” He is also author of “A Nation of Wusses” and the former chair of the Democratic National Committee. Here is Rendell’s last Meet the Press appearance.
  • Katty Kay, Washington Correspondent and Anchor for BBC World News America, said recently of the Romney campaign, that there “is time to turn some of this around to get the campaign back on track with the debates” and if he fills in specifics and tells people how he will make the next four years better than the president will make the next four years he “has a chance to get positive focus back on his campaign.” Kay also co-authored the book, "Womenomics." Watch her last appearance on the show here.
  • NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd pointed out on Friday that recent polling shows Romney is behind in all nine of those states. He said, “At best, he’s within the polls’ margin of error, at worst he trails by as many as eight points.” Todd also explains exactly how the president’s approval ratings and Romney’s favorability ratings in these nine states will factor in on Election Day. Watch his last appearance on Meet the Press.

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