Two potential GOP White House hopefuls join forces
April 4th, 2014
12:04 PM ET
5 months ago

Two potential GOP White House hopefuls join forces

(CNN) - Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal are teaming up.

The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, who are both considered possible 2016 GOP presidential contenders, appear together in a new television commercial that promotes NewRepublican.org.

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Filed under: 2016 • Alex Castellanos • Bobby Jindal • Jeb Bush
December 7th, 2012
01:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Who'll shave his mustache next?

(CNN) – With David Axelrod's signature mustache now a piece of history, who will be the next political heavyweight to go under the razor for charity?

The answer came Friday, when the top Obama adviser appeared on CNN's "The Situation Room" alongside Republican strategist Alex Castellanos.
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November 23rd, 2009
08:16 PM ET
5 years ago

RNC brings in veteran strategist

 The Republican National Committee will announce Monday that veteran political strategist Alex Castellanos will assume a senior communications role at the committee.
The Republican National Committee will announce Monday that veteran political strategist Alex Castellanos will assume a senior communications role at the committee.

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will announce Monday that veteran political strategist Alex Castellanos will assume a senior communications role at the committee, an RNC official tells CNN.

Earlier in the day, RNC Chairman Michael Steele revealed that communications director Trevor Francis was leaving his post.

Castellanos will not be filling Francis' old position but, rather, will be acting as an adviser to the RNC.

Castellanos is a CNN contributor, but the network learned independently of his new role at the RNC.

"Now the RNC has a new focus and direction - the 2010 elections," Castellanos said when reached by telephone. "And I am happy to help."

In 2008, Castellanos was a key member of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign team. He will work with the committee through the 2010 elections.

Updated: 8:16 p.m.


Filed under: Alex Castellanos • RNC
August 27th, 2008
12:03 AM ET
6 years ago

Castellanos: What Clinton didn't say

Clinton didn't say enough, Alex Castellanos said.
Clinton didn't say enough, Alex Castellanos said.

Hillary Clinton gave a workmanlike speech tonight. She checked the boxes. However, the message many will hear is that her sisterhood of the traveling pants didn't make it this time and was wronged. But keep going, Senator Clinton told her coalition of supporters, and we will make it someday.

At least one Democratic delegate interviewed by CNN after Senator Clinton spoke said Clinton's remarks proved she was denied the nomination because of her gender. That's the speech she heard in the convention hall. The sisterhood of the traveling pants may not be ready to embrace Obama just yet.

If had to title this speech, I would call it Clinton's "Lesser of Two Evils" speech.

She gave all the reasons she ran for president and then said if you believe in those, vote for the Democratic nominee.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Speaking of ringing, she said nothing about the questions she has raised about Obama's preparedness to be president.

It's 3 a.m. and that phone is still ringing.

August 26th, 2008
10:37 PM ET
6 years ago

Castellanos: Warner the 'next Democrat'

Former VA Governor Mark Warner gave the keynote address at the DNC in Denver.
Former VA Governor Mark Warner gave the keynote address at the DNC in Denver.

A powerful speech from Mark Warner, who is going to come out of this convention as the "next Democrat," much like Barack Obama himself emerged from the Democratic convention four years ago.

The election Obama can win is not one about who has the experience to lead the world in the most dangerous moment in history - That's the election we Republicans would like.

Watch: Waner says this is 'the most important contest' of our generation

The election Obama can win is a race between the past and future, and Warner framed that election better than anyone else this year except perhaps Barack Obama himself.

The structure of the old world we knew is gone. No longer is America the unchallenged economic leader of the world. No longer is our security challenged by only one formidable Soviet adversary. Warner told America tonight that we face a new generation of challenges, implying we need a new generation of leaders to meet them.

What he didn't tell us is that behind the new rhetoric, there are still the same old industrial age policies: Warner closed his budget gap in Virginia by persuading liberal republicans to join him in raising taxes. Today Obama promises just the same.

August 25th, 2008
10:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Castellanos: It’s a liberal Democratic party tonight

The Democratic speakers tonight are more liberal than mainstream America, Castellanos says.
The Democratic speakers tonight are more liberal than mainstream America, Castellanos says.

Senator Kennedy's speech is going to be one of the highlights of the evening if not the entire Democratic Convention.

But it also demonstrates one of the challenges facing Barack Obama.

Tonight, America is hearing from the national Democratic Party - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former President Jimmy Carter, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr, Ted Kennedy, a group considerably farther left of center than mainstream America.

They are not change. They are classic, old school "make Washington bigger" Democrats.

When Obama won the nomination, change ran into the national liberal Democratic establishment. So far, as we can see tonight, the national Democratic Party has won.

Let's see if the Obama campaign chooses to reverse that and regain the mantle of change this week.

August 25th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Castellanos: Kennedy gives heroic speech

A wonderful and heroic speech by the last lion of a great American family, a family that has borne too great a burden.

This was the laying on of hands, the transfer of the moral leadership of the Democratic Party, which the Kennedy's hold, to Barack Obama - a new generation of Democratic leader.

Watch: Ted Kennedy " The dream lives on"

It is the most powerful gift Obama has received.

May God be with the sentator. No family should have to bear as much.

August 25th, 2008
07:54 PM ET
6 years ago

Castellanos: What Michelle Obama needs to do

Michelle Obama has a tough task ahead of her.
Michelle Obama has a tough task ahead of her.

Michelle Obama is going to attempt to give us a more intimate view of her husband when she addresses the Democratic National Convention tonight.

That's sometimes difficult with political leaders like Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan whose strength is stature not intimacy.

It doesn't keep them from being president. But that stature keeps them emotionally distant from us. Obama has a bit of that emotional teflon that Reagan had too.

Let's see if Michelle Obama can penetrate it tonight.