Cutter, Madden join CNN as contributors
May 29th, 2013
09:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Cutter, Madden join CNN as contributors

(CNN) – Two of the leading strategists from the 2012 presidential campaign are joining CNN as political commentators.

Kevin Madden, who served as a top adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and Stephanie Cutter, who was President Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager, will join the network's slate of contributors.

"I've worked with CNN for many years in the White House, on campaigns and throughout government," said Cutter, who served as a face of Obama's re-election team last year in videos produced by the campaign. "They are the best in the business, and I'm thrilled to be joining the CNN team."

Madden, who also served as a top communications aide to Romney during his 2008 presidential bid, said, "This is such an exciting time in the national conversation about the direction of our country, with so many Americans looking to CNN for an informed perspective of today's political debates."

"I'm looking forward to bringing my experience of working on national campaigns and Capitol Hill to CNN's coverage of this national conversation," added Madden, who appeared frequently on CNN and other networks as a surrogate for Romney in 2012.

Cutter currently serves as a partner at Precision Strategies, which was launched in May along with other Obama campaign veterans.

Madden is the executive vice president of JDA Frontline, a Washington-based public affairs firm.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. ST

    A warm welcome to you both BUT especially to the lady, Stephanie. She is very bright, tough and brings a lot of change to CNN. I would also recommend that she joins Hillary campaign once it is in place.

    May 29, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I like Cutter but Madden reminds me of a relative od the twit. Surrogate fits him as far as the animal abuser is concerned also.

    May 29, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Oh great another GOP hack to start taking potshots at the POTUS because Romney was a robot with no soul.

    I hate to say this CNN, but you really are turning into Foxlite....

    May 29, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Oh lovely, just what the "news" needs: more pontificating bobbleheads. Journalism needs a new paradigm...the current one is the equivalent of information leprosy.

    May 29, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. just sayin

    paid political liars and spinners, just what a news operation needs. get a grip cnn. you don't need these two in a news organization that cares about its credibility. whats that? you don't?

    May 29, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Peace

    CNN, are you trying to act like MSNBC? They tried to be something which they aren't. In the end they have missed new comes and those who used to stick to them. They are hanging somewhere in the air. Is this what you want for the International Cable News Network?

    May 29, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. California Gary

    Cutter is a real "get" for you CNN. She's bright, tough as nails, and not hard to look at either. She was a very valuable member of the Obama campaign team and I'm sure she will be a big success in her new role.

    May 29, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    It is time that Obama's stranglehold on CNN come to an end, and that CNN start challenging him, on his efforts to control the media. You have been aiding and abetting a would be dictator, with your willingness to allow your network to be totally controlled by the administration...........which means you have been complicit, in the corruption!

    May 29, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Donna

    Why would CNN hire a far left lying machine like Cutter? She has zero objectivity. What next CNN? You going to hire Chris Matthews for his unbiased views and critique?

    May 29, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Larry L

    @just sayin

    paid political liars and spinners, just what a news operation needs. get a grip cnn. you don't need these two in a news organization that cares about its credibility. whats that? you don't?
    ================
    And yet you watch Fox News...

    May 29, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Richard in Houston

    At least you someone from both sides. Unlike fox. And give a break with Dick Morse. He is not a democrat.

    May 29, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. just sayin

    Larry L
    And yet you watch Fox News...
    -–

    dang right... the only place to get both sides of the story these days. fair and balanced. they have the far left koolaide drinkers on with others to challenge them. good debate back and forth. but we all know the left can't handle debate because their flawed ideas and ideology is indefensible.

    May 29, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Why would CNN hire a far left lying machine like Cutter? She has zero objectivity. What next CNN? You going to hire Chris Matthews for his unbiased views and critique?"

    You don't get it. These two idiots are being hired to give nothing but biased opinions in order to serve the MSM false-equivalency paradigm. No matter what each of them say, about half the viewers will believe it and half the viewers will rage about it, so it helps serve the purpose of projecting to the public that "both sides are equal" on any given issue...that no matter what the facts, data, polls, science, etc., say on a given subject, both sides have a legitimate "opinion." By doing so, it helps manufacture and perpetuate a controversy over that issue that the MSM can use to fill it's 24/7 "news" cycle information vacuum and thoroughly disinform the public to make everyone more reliant on these "opinions" for "understanding the issues." CNN would be doing a disservice to its shareholders if they actually informed people rather than feeding them baseless opinionsauce all day, because actually informing people would destroy these manufactured controversies. Drama sells, not didactic explanations.

    May 29, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Sniffit

    " they have the far left koolaide drinkers on with others to challenge them."

    Hahahaha. They invite people on to be berated and interrupted and not get a word in edgewise. We've all seen it. You pretend we haven't. Faux is SHAMELESSLY biased and it's market share is the least informed and educated among all the "news" networks. I almost want to give them credit for it though: at least they're open about their bias and everyone knows the "fair and balanced" line of malarkey is being delivered with a smirk and a wink. Others, like CNN, actually try harder to hide what they're doing behind a thin veil of "everything's equal," which is almost more dishonest.

    May 29, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Malory Archer

    Donna

    Why would CNN hire a far right lying machine like madden? He has zero objectivity. What next CNN? You going to hire shawn hannity for his unbiased views and critique?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    FIFY.

    May 29, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Malory Archer

    just sayin

    Larry L
    And yet you watch Fox News...
    -–

    dang right... the only place to get both sides of the story these days. fair and balanced. they have the far left koolaide drinkers on with others to challenge them. good debate back and forth. but we all know the left can't handle debate because their flawed ideas and ideology is indefensible.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If you're going to post silliness like that you should end your post with "sarcasm: " so everyone realizes you're being facitous.

    May 29, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    "If you're going to post silliness like that you should end your post with "sarcasm: " so everyone realizes you're being facitous."
    -----–
    If you're going to use 3 syllable grown-up words, you should learn how to spell them.

    May 29, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Donna

    James Carville, Alan Colmes, Austan Goolsby, Charlie Rangel, Barney Frank and many more liberals and Democrats have appeared on Fox News to give their view point and defend their opinions. Most liberals and Democrats can't stand the heat of being confronted with the facts as their blind devotion to flawed ideology succumbs to facts and logic every time. Reality is a liberals worst enemy.

    May 29, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |