Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
- Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) is in his first term as Colorado’s governor. Hickenlooper was a small business owner, opening Colorado’s first brewpub, and geologist before he entered politics by running for mayor of Denver in 2003. While mayor, Hickenlooper helped to make Denver the site of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He stayed in office until elected governor in 2010.
- Hickenlooper has helped President Obama campaign around Colorado, a battleground state that offers up nine electoral votes. Hickenlooper has focused on tourism, an important industry in the state, while showing support for the president. He’s credited Obama with helping pass a travel promotion act that has helped increase international tourism in Colorado. He also applauded the president’s travels to the state after its tragedies this year including the shooting in Aurora and devastating wildfires.
- Hickenlooper spoke at the Democratic National Convention in September, focusing on community and bipartisanship. Although the president had inherited crises that were “among the worst any President has faced,” he had faced them with “optimism, compassion and courage.” He said, “We have the power to come together. We need to do this as a nation. It will take a spirit of generosity and collaboration to meet the difficult challenges we face.”
- Here is Gov. Hickenlooper’s previous appearance on the show.
Gov. John Kasich (R-OH)
- Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) was sworn into office in 2011. Prior to his governorship, Kasich represented Ohio’s 12th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as the chairman of the House Budget Committee and he focused on balancing the federal budget. After 18 years, he retired from the House and explored a presidential run in 2000. He also previously served as a managing director at Lehman Brothers and as a Fox News commentator.
- Kasich has stumped for the GOP ticket throughout Ohio, which has 18 electoral votes at stake. Kasich has touted Ohio’s economy for its turnaround, but he says there is still worry because of uncertainty in Washington and Mitt Romney “will remove that uncertainty. He will be clear on what he wants to do and we'll do better. At the end of the day, all I care about in this stated who is going to be the best job creator. I don't have any doubt in my mind that Romney is the better job creator.”
- Kasich has had a recent improvement in his popularity in Ohio. Last month, The Washington Post found that Kasich was one of the most popular governors with a 52 percent approval rating among registered voters. Kasich’s approval rating last November was 36 percent. Kasich was in the news a lot of 2011 because of a battle over a ballot referendum on Senate Bill 5, which restricted collective bargaining rights and Kasich supported.
- Kasich is the author of “Every Other Monday.” Watch Gov. Kasich’s most recent appearance on Meet the Press.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
- Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is also in his first term as governor, elected in 2010. Walker had served as Milwaukee county executive for eight years and in the State Assembly.
- Walker has stumped for the Romney-Ryan ticket across Wisconsin, which holds 10 electoral votes. Walker said he knew Romney “had the passion and the courage to be an exceptional president” when he named fellow Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan as his choice for VP. In September, Walker made news for calling upon Romney to have more of the “fire in the belly” he saw when Romney announced Ryan as his running mate.
- Walker, like Gov. Kasich, was embroiled in a battle with unions last year over a state bill that would limit unions’ rights. The bill was later found to be unconstitutional in court, although Walker remained confident the decision would be overturned. He said, “We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process.” Walker was forced to run in a recall election last year after the controversy with the unions. He won with 53 percent of the vote, making him the first governor to win a recall election.
- Watch Gov. Walker’s latest appearance here.
Roundtable: Fiorina, Dionne, Brooks, Maddow, Todd
- Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina is currently vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is working to elect a Republican majority to the Senate, and a co-chair of Mitt Romney’s campaign in California. She is campaigning for Romney across the country, specifically helping him target support from women voters. She is also the author of “Tough Choices.” Watch her latest Meet the Press appearance.
- Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne wrote this week that “right wing has lost the election of 2012” and that can be seen in Mitt Romney’s move toward the center. Dionne wrote, “If conservatism were winning, does anyone doubt that Romney would be running as a conservative?” But it is also evidenced in the fact the “right is going along because its partisans know Romney has no other option.” Here is Dionne’s most recent appearance on the show.
- New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote about what it means to be a moderate. He said, “It is not just finding the midpoint between two opposing poles and opportunistically planting yourself there. Only people who know nothing about moderation think it means that.” Watch his latest appearance on Meet the Press here.
- Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, said on her show this week that Mitt Romney is not actually running as a moderate. She said, “It’s not actually what he’s doing [running as a moderate]. He’s doing a kitchen sink approach where he’s doing everything all at once, because he’s still doing Dick Cheney, Glenn Beck, sending Paul Ryan to Alabama and all these other places where he can speak freely.” Watch her latest Meet the Press appearance.
- NBC Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd wrote in NBC’s First Read Friday that while attention is focused on Ohio, Colorado looks to be the closest race of the election and “what’s going on in Colorado could signal what happens in Florida and Virginia: Romney has made gains with suburban women, while Obama leads big among Latinos.” Here is his most recent appearance on the show.
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