Midterm Election Preview
The 2018 midterm elections are shaping up to be one of the most consequential in many years. Both chambers of Congress are up for grabs and the future of Donald Trump’s presidency may be riding on what the voters decide on November 6.
On Thursday, October 25 -- less than two weeks until Election Day -- The Washington Post gathered key political leaders, analysts and our own journalists to assess the significance of this year’s election and the impact the outcome will have on variety of pressing issues facing the United States.
The Fate of the GOP Agenda: One-on-One with Newt Gingrich
The former House Speaker discusses how the results on November 6 will affect the Trump administration's agenda for the remainder of the president’s first term and the potential implications of a change in U.S. House control.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich discusses how the results on November 6 will affect the Trump administration’s agenda for the remainder of the president’s first term and the potential implications of a change in U.S. House control.
During a live interview on Oct. 25 at The Washington Post, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that if Democrats re-take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections and subpoena the president’s tax returns, it would likely force a fight in the U.S. Supreme Court. ‘And,’ Gingrich said,’we’ll see whether or not the Kavanaugh fight was worth it.’
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich clarifies his Oct. 25, 2018 comments to Axios that the media has ‘earned’ the label ‘enemy of the people.’ In an interview with The Washington Post, Gingrich said: “We cannot tolerate violence.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich describes the current political climate heading into the 2018 midterm elections: ‘We live in the age of the Kardashians, and that you get up every morning and something happens.’
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addresses whether he thinks Nancy Pelosi will become Speaker of the House after the 2018 midterm elections: ‘Nancy Pelosi is a very smart, very tough person.’
Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Newt Gingrich served as speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999. He was a Republican candidate for president of the United States from 2011 to 2012. Gingrich is a Fox News contributor, author of thirty-six books and is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint Warfighting course for Major Generals. He was a member of the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations and he co-chaired the Task Force on U.N. Reform, a bipartisan Congressional effort to reform the United Nations. Gingrich also served as an unofficial adviser to President Trump throughout 2016.
Interviewed by Karen Tumulty
Karen Tumulty is a national political columnist for The Washington Post.
The Push to Reclaim the Senate: One-on-One with Sen. Chris Van Hollen
The chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outlines his party’s strategy for the final two weeks of the election, what issues are animating the Democratic base and his party’s agenda after November 6.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, outlines his party’s strategy for the final two weeks of the election, what issues are animating the Democratic base and his party’s agenda after November 6.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, comments on how President Trump uses today's fast-paced news cycle to his advantage.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, explains why “this is such an important midterm election.”
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) reacts to mailed pipe bombs that are spreading fear across the country ahead of midterm elections: ‘It is, of course, a very serious moment in the country.’
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)
Chairman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was elected to the United States Senate in November 2016. He started his time in public service as a member of the Maryland State Legislature and in 2002, he was elected to represent Maryland's 8th Congressional District. In the House of Representatives, he served as a member of the Democratic leadership and was elected by his colleagues to be the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee and protect vital interests like Social Security and Medicare.
Interviewed by Libby Casey
Libby Casey is the politics and accountability anchor for The Washington Post.
At the Ballot Box: What’s Driving the Vote and the Voters?
How important are immigration, health care and the economy to likely voters? Reporters and political analysts go in-depth on the issues driving the electorate this midterm season.
The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter, The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim and Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens discuss the issues driving the electorate this midterm season.
Amy Walter, National Editor of Cook Political Report, discusses how she views the current political climate: ‘The best way to think about where we are today is that we’re having elections in two different Americas.’
The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim elaborates on reporting that describes exactly what Democrats plan on investigating if they take control of the House of Representatives.
Candace Owens, Communications Director at Turning Point USA, says that the Republican party is rallying around President Trump during this midterm election cycle.
Seung Min Kim
White House Reporter, The Washington Post
Seung Min Kim is a White House reporter for The Washington Post, covering the Trump administration through the lens of Capitol Hill. Before joining The Washington Post in 2018, she spent more than eight years at Politico, primarily covering the Senate and immigration policy.
Candace Owens
Communications Director, Turning Point USA
Candace Owens is the Communications Director for Turning Point USA, an organization that promotes the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government. Owens gaining notoriety in 2017 through her political video-blog series on YouTube.
Amy Walter
National Editor, The Cook Political Report
Amy Walter is the National Editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides analysis of the issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. Her weekly column appears at cookpolitical.com. She is the former political director of ABC News and she provides political analysis every Monday evening for the PBS NewsHour. Starting in June 2018, Walter will be the Friday host of The Takeaway on WNYC.
Moderated by Paul Kane
Paul Kane is a senior congressional correspondent and columnist for The Washington Post.
A Look Ahead: The Policy Crystal Ball
A forward-looking conversation about what the outcome of the 2018 midterms might mean for a variety of policy issues and the political outlook, including the real-world implications of the results for the administration, Congress, businesses and individuals.
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp and Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden discuss what the outcome of the 2018 midterms might mean for a variety of policy issues, including the real-world implications of the results for the administration, Congress, businesses and individuals.
In response to this election season’s heated political rhetoric, Matt Schlapp, Chairman of The American Conservative Union, urges everyone to be "careful about the words that we choose."
Responding to the pipe bombs being mailed to top political leaders, Neera Tanden, President and CEO of Center for American Progress, says ‘I think we have a toxic political climate’ in the U.S.
Matt Schlapp, Chairman of The American Conservative Union, and Neera Tanden, President and CEO of Center for American Progress, debate health care policy in America and address how they think it will impact the midterm elections.
Matt Schlapp
Chairman, American Conservative Union
On June 19, 2014 the board of the American Conservative Union unanimously voted to elect Matt Schlapp as the ninth Chairman of the nation’s oldest and largest conservative grassroots organization. From 2001 to 2005, Schlapp served as President Bush’s political director during the re-election and previously as his deputy political director. During the 2000 presidential campaign he was a Regional Political Director with oversight of Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
Neera Tanden
President, Center for American Progress
Neera Tanden is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress and the CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, where she focuses on how both organizations can fulfill their missions to expand opportunity for all Americans. Tanden has also served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as on presidential campaigns. Some of her previous roles include serving as senior adviser for health reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign.
Moderated by Dan Balz
Dan Balz is a chief correspondent for The Washington Post.
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Kevin J. Pearson, Vice Chairman of M&T Bank, delivers opening remarks ahead of The Washington Post’s 2018 midterm election preview event.
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