A Conversation with

James Carville

Political strategist and commentator, attorney, author, and former Advisor to President Bill Clinton


Mary Matalin


CNN contributor, political strategist and commentator, author, and former Advisor to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney


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Join us on October 5 for "A Conversation with James Carville and Mary Matalin," interviewed by NCPA President John Goodman.

Washington's best-loved couple - James Carville and Mary Matalin - will give an enlightening and entertaining look at today's most important political issues as well as a behind-the-scenes look at Washington politics. Co-authors of the national best seller All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, both Matalin and Carville are key players on the national political stage, having between them worked for every president over the last 25 years. Carville and Matalin combine their unique experience as perennial political insiders to provide a stimulating, candid and provocative analysis of the day's headlines and today's hot-button political issues from both sides of the political aisle for a lively and engaging exchange of views. 

About James Carville

James "The Ragin' Cajun" Carville is America's best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners.

His winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. In 1987, Carville helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor's seat in Kentucky. Carville continued his winning streak with wins in New Jersey with Frank Lautenberg elected to the US Senate. He next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia's Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, and in 1991, Carville-who had already become prominent in political circles-drew national attention when he led Senator 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. But his most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson 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 is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. His titles include All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (with wife Mary Matalin); 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 over 200 national, congressional and local surveys, interviewing over 220,000 American voters during the past 10 years.

Most recently, Carville is hosting Sirius XM radio's 60/20 Sports show with Luke Russert, and is a frequent political commentator and contributor on CNN. He also serves as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife Mary Matalin and their two daughters.

About Mary Matalin

Mary Matalin is a celebrated conservative voice and political contributor for CNN. Matalin formerly served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, and was the first White House official to hold that double title.

Before joining the Bush/Cheney White House, Matalin 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. Her political astuteness and antics contributed to the show's being called "the best talk show on television" by Knight Ridder News Service. Matalin's humor, straightforward discussion and ability to discuss the hottest political issues in Washington helped to make the show one of the most talked about programs in the network's history.

Matalin has made frequent television appearances as a political commentator, and has written for various periodicals including Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times. Matalin also co-authored the best-selling political campaign book All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President with her husband, James Carville, who was the chief campaign strategist for Clinton/Gore in 1992. The book was named one of the top 5 best books on Public Relations by the Wall Street Journal. Her most recent book, Letters to My Daughters (April 2004), was named a Book of the Month Club selection as well as made The New York Times and The Washington Post best-seller lists. Letters to my Daughters was also selected for a condensed version by Reader's Digest.

Matalin took her sharp wit and free-spirited political repartee to the airwaves during 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.

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 President Bush's election, was appointed chief of staff for the RNC.

In 1992, President 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 President Bush throughout the 1992 campaign, she emerged as the vocal, and occasionally controversial, defender of the president and his policies.

Matalin is editor-in-chief of Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint at Simon & 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 her husband, James Carville, reside in New Orleans with their daughters, Matalin "Matty" Carville and Emerson "Emma" Carville. Matalin and Carville will be the co-chairs of the host committee for the 2013 Super Bowl, which will be played in the Louisiana Superdome.