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Political Analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin to Deliver Public Policy Lecture at MCLA

03/04/2011

NORTH ADAMS, MA - James Carville and Mary Matalin will share their political opinions and affiliations as they analyze hot-button political issues from both sides of the political aisle when Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) presents a Public Policy Lecture, "All's Fair: Love, War and Politics," on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center.

Carville, a liberal, was President Bill Clinton's campaign manager and is the former co-host of CNN's "Crossfire." Matalin, a conservative, served as counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney and assistant to President George W. Bush. She was the first White House official to hold that double title. 

The married couple are the authors of the national best seller, "All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President," which was named one of the top five best books on public relations by the Wall Street Journal. 

Made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust, the event is free and open to the public.

 "James Carville and Mary Matalin have maintained their strong and opposing political opinions for more than three decades while serving as key players on the national political scene," said John DeRosa, administrator of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust. "I encourage the public to attend this stimulating and provocative look inside today's politics."  

A well-known American political consultant, Carville's winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. In 1987, he helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor's seat in Kentucky. Carville continued with wins in New Jersey with Frank Lautenberg elected to the U.S. Senate. He next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia's Lt. Governor Zell Miller, including a primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young.  

In 1991, Carville drew national attention when he led Sen. Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. However, his most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped Clinton win the Presidency. 

In recent years, Carville has not been a paid political consultant for any domestic politicians or candidates for office, instead focusing on campaigns in more than 20 countries around the globe, including leading Ehud Barak to victory in his campaign to become the Prime Minister of Israel in 1999. 

Carville also is a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. His titles include "We're Right, They're Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives;" "And the Horse He Rode in On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr;" "Buck Up, Suck Up... and Come Back When You Foul Up;" "Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back;" "Stickin': The Case for Loyalty;" his children's book, "Lu and the Swamp Ghost;" and 2006's "Take it Back." His latest book, "40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation," was released in May 2009. 

Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent, non-profit polling organization dedicated to making government more responsive to the American people. Democracy Corps has conducted more than 200 national, congressional and local surveys, interviewing more than 220,000 American voters during the past 10 years. 

Carville is a frequent political commentator and contributor on CNN. He also serves as a professor of practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. 

Matalin is a political contributor for CNN. Before joining the Bush/Cheney White House, she hosted CNN's critically acclaimed debate show, "Crossfire." Matalin is the former founding co-host of the Washington-based political weeknight talk show, "Equal Time," which premiered in May 1993 on CNBC. She served as co-host until shortly after the 1996 national political conventions.  

Matalin has made frequent television appearances as a political commentator, and has written for various periodicals including Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times. Her most recent book, "Letters to My Daughters" (April 2004), was named a Book of the Month Club selection, and made The New York Times and The Washington Post best-seller lists. "Letters to my Daughters" also was selected for a condensed version by Reader's Digest.

Matalin hosted her own three-hour afternoon radio program on the CBS Talk Radio Network. "The Mary Matalin Show" highlighted current events, featured distinguished guests and listener calls. Talkers Magazine listed Matalin as one of "The 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America" in 1996, 1997 and 1998. In addition, Talk Daily recognized "The Mary Matalin Show" with its "Great Web Site Award." Matalin recently appeared, with Carville, on HBO's critically acclaimed series "K Street," about the world of powerful political consultants. 

Matalin has been active in politics since college, starting at the grassroots level in local and statewide campaigns in her native Illinois. The Reagan Revolution brought her to Washington, DC, where she served on the Republican National Committee (RNC). 

After a hiatus from Washington to attend Hofstra Law School, Matalin returned to the RNC in 1984, to serve as national voter contact director for the Reagan-Bush Campaign. She held senior positions in the George H. W. Bush 1988 campaign and, upon his election, was appointed chief of staff for the RNC. 

In 1992, Bush named her the deputy campaign manager for political operations. As deputy campaign manager, she was responsible for the overview and organization of all 50 state operations. As the on-board planner who traveled with Bush throughout the 1992 campaign, she emerged as the vocal defender of the president and his policies. 

Matalin is editor-in-chief of Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint at Simon and Schuster. Along with Arianna Huffington, she also co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program "Both Sides Now." She serves on the boards of the Washington Humane Society, the Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute at The George Washington University, and the Editorial Board of Campaigns and Elections magazine, which features up-to-date campaign information, the latest news about political consultants and the business and trends in the industry. 

Matalin and Carville reside in New Orleans with their daughters, Matalin "Matty" Carville and Emerson "Emma" Carville. The couple will co-chair the host committee for the 2013 Super Bowl, to be played in the Louisiana Superdome. 

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/publicpolicy or call (413) 662-5185.