The road to the White House is full of hot button issues.

Consider HWA's engaging political duos for more
insights on the 2016 Election.


Jim Messina

  • 2012 Campaign Manager for President Obama
  • White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (2009-2011)

As the campaign manager for President Obama's successful 2012 reelection campaign, Jim Messina revolutionized political campaigns.Since then, he has consulted on successful political campaigns around the world and continues to be an in-demand political speaker.

Karl Rove

  • Iconic Political Strategist
  • Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush

With over two decades of experience in the political arena, Karl Rove is an iconic strategist, whose provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day have made him one of the most sought-after political pundits of our time. 

Joe Lieberman

  • United States Senator from Connecticut (1988-2012)

Perhaps best known as the Democratic candidate for Vice President in 2000, Senator Lieberman has established himself as a national leader—one who works across party lines to find common ground, a person who speaks his conscience and who gets things done for the good of all people in America.

Olympia Snowe

  • U.S. Senator from Maine (1994-2012)
  • Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives (1978-1994)

Senator Olympia Snowe's dedicated work for over three decades as a leading policymaker in Washington garnered her nationwide recognition. With more than three decades of policy experience and knowing how Washington does, and doesn’t work, she has keen and contemporary insights on Congress and the key issues in this election year.

Larry Summers

  • Director, White House National Economic Council, 2009-2010
  • Secretary of the Treasury, 1999-2001

An expert on domestic economics and a leading authority on international finance, Larry Summers is one of the most distinguished voices on economic & political issues. During his tenure in the Obama Administration, Larry Summers emerged as a key economic decision-maker and continues to be called upon as the number one resource for the most pressing economic debates of the day.

R. Glenn Hubbard

  • Former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush

Dr. Hubbard has devoted his career to the thorough analysis of American fiscal policies, and presidents and corporate executives have sought out his opinion on the most pressing economic issues of the day. Combining decades of experience with lauded academic research, Dr. Hubbard gives a robust and stimulating look at the top economic issues--and their future.

Wendy Davis

  • Texas State Senator (2009-2015)

Widely recognized as a leader in the arena of women’s healthcare, Sen. Davis prides herself on the ability to see an issue from multiple perspectives, while forging a path to consensus and compromise. She skyrocketed to near celebrity status after her historic 13 hour filibuster in the Texas Senate to stop a legislative effort that would have dramatically reduced women’s access to healthcare services in her state.

Torie Clarke

  • Former Pentagon Spokesperson

Best known to the public as the chief spokesperson for the Pentagon on 9/11 and the beginning of the Iraq war, Torie Clarke has long been respected within the worlds of politics and public relations as one of the most insightful experts on communication in the age of transparency. The architect of the media "embedding" program in Iraq, Clarke has stood on the leading edge of this transformation of the information environment for more than two decades.

Howard Dean

  • Chairman, Democratic National Committee (2005-2009)

Dean’s groundbreaking campaign for the U.S. Presidency and subsequent four years as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee have provided him with both an insider's view and a reformer's commitment to the economy, foreign trade policy and international relations. His 12 years as Governor and his Chairmanship of the National Governor's Association have given him a vast knowledge of domestic issues.

Tom Coburn

Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, Dr. Coburn led the fight to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans. He established himself as "a statesman willing to reach across the aisle to find solutions to the nation's budget woes" (Associated Press) and as a man who is "thoughtful and willing to seek solutions to big problems" (Politico).

Deval Patrick

  • U.S. Governor of Massachusetts (2007-2015)

An accomplished executive, passionate leader and gifted orator, Deval Patrick will capture—and hold—the attention of any audience.  He entered office in 2007, a first-time candidate propelled by an unprecedented grassroots campaign and led the Commonwealth to top national rankings in education, healthcare, energy efficiency, economic competitiveness and more. 

Kay Bailey Hutchison

  • United States Senator from Texas (1993-2012)

Kay Bailey Hutchison is a business woman and public servant with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. In January 2013, she stepped down from twenty years in the U.S. Senate, representing the state of Texas. She served in the Senate leadership, having first been elected Vice-Chairman of the Republican Conference and later elected Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-highest ranking Republican Senator. 

Bill Daley 

  • Chief of Staff to President Obama (2011-2012)

As Chief of Staff in the Obama administration, Bill Daley was instrumental in developing the American Jobs Act, brokered an agreement to reduce the deficit by over $2 trillion, and played a central role in passing historic trade agreements. Well-known and respected in business and economic circles, former Secretary of Commerce and banking executive at JP Morgan Chase, Daley is an authority on job creation, economic growth, global competitiveness and international trade. 

Bill Frist

  • 18th Majority Leader, U.S. Senate

Senator Frist has been at the forefront of many debates and government initiatives that have shaped a myriad of policies over the years. He brings an experienced voice to the current issues of health reform, education, government policy, global health issues and volunteerism. He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.