Josh Earnest & Rick Santorum

Sought-after commentators and Washington insider's Josh Earnest and Rick Santorum offer refreshingly bipartisan, engaging and honest analysis of the current (and future) political landscape. Constantly in-demand for his spot-on insights into today’s top issues and unique perspective on life in the White House, Earnest showcases his tremendous breadth of experience and sharp wit at every engagement and TV appearance. Selected by both Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert as guests for their shows recently, Earnest is a true pro who brings relevance, insight and humor to every issue. Leading voice of the Republican Party, Rick Santorum perfectly matches Earnest's sharp insights. As a Senior Political Commentator on CNN, Santorum draws on his extensive experience to go beyond the headlines and break down the complexities of every issue. He is a go-to voice, unafraid to provide frank commentary that takes a critical look at both sides of the aisle. Together, Santorum and Earnest are a powerhouse political duo that could keep any Q&A going for hours. 

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Josh Earnest

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  • White House Press Secretary (2014-2017)
  • Political Analyst, NBC & MSNBC
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  • Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary (2011-2014)

A current political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, Josh Earnest draws on a decade of insider access working alongside President Barack Obama both on the campaign trail and in the White House to provide engaging, razor-sharp analysis on today's top issues. 

Rising to international acclaim as President Obama's Press Secretary from 2014-2017, Earnest was selected in the midst of an increasingly caustic media environment to assume the most visible job in American politics. Earnest distinguished himself as Press Secretary – not with bluster – but with a keen ability to marshal facts and construct persuasive arguments that earned him the respect of Washington insiders in both parties. 

Earnest stood before the White House press corps each day for the last two and a half years of Obama’s tenure prepared to discuss the most complex and consequential issues in the world.  Whether reacting to a legislative setback, a diplomatic breakthrough or a terror attack, Earnest earned a reputation for uncommon poise under an intense spotlight where there is no margin for error.  In fact, White House correspondents surveyed by Politico in 2015 voted Earnest the “best White House press secretary I’ve worked with.” Earnest brings the same shrewd analysis, signature wit, and engaging style he was known for as Press Secretary to the newsroom and audiences worldwide.  

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Rick Santorum

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  • 2016 & 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate

A passionate champion of America’s founding principles, Senator Rick Santorum's impressive presidential campaign positioned him as a leading voice of the Republican Party. Senator Santorum began his first presidential campaign as a dark-horse candidate, but with a victory in the Iowa caucuses, he became a center-stage challenger who went on to win another ten states, over 3 million votes, and claim the mantle of conservative alternative to the front-runner. In four years in the U.S. House of Representatives, 12 as U. S. Senator, and now as a Senior Political Commentator with CNN, Rick Santorum earned a reputation as a passionate fighter for conservative values and a vocal advocate for smaller government, cutting wasteful spending, a strong national defense, and a return to our country’s founding principles.

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<p>Rick Santorum decodes today’s top stories on CNN</p>

Rick Santorum decodes today’s top stories on CNN

Leading voice of the Republican Party, Rick Santorum delves into today’s top stories as a Senior Political Commentator on CNN, providing frank analysis on the GOP agenda, the presidency and more. A two-time Republican Presidential Candidate and longtime U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum has an insider’s perspective on what it takes to get things done on Capitol Hill. He draws on his extensive experience to go beyond the headlines and break down the complexities of every issue. From providing sharp insights following Doug Jones’ victory in the Alabama Senate race, to his recent appearance on David Axelrod’s The Axe Files, Santorum is a go-to voice, unafraid to provide frank commentary that takes a critical look at both sides of the aisle. And he brings the same substantive analysis to each of his events. Just look at this rave review from The Bipartisan Policy Center: "In this political moment that we’re navigating, Senator Santorum has his fingers on the pulse of not only what America is thinking outside of the Beltway, but what the movers and shakers are thinking inside the Beltway — and that includes all the power players within the West Wing, from the President on down…Senator Santorum’s presentation to our Board of Directors was unusually informative. His unvarnished take on the inner workings of Washington and understanding of the national mood was valuable to our strategic decisions over the course of the day. Rick also has some great stories and gave a highly entertaining presentation."  

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<p><strong>Josh Earnest is sought-out for candid analysis on top issues </strong></p>

Josh Earnest is sought-out for candid analysis on top issues

Former White House Press Secretary and current political analyst for NBC News & MSNBC, Josh Earnest is in-demand for his candid insights into today’s top issues and insider’s perspective on life in the White House. At a series of upcoming events— including the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ (NEASC) Annual Conference where he will address an audience of 1,000, the University of Missouri’s Cockefair Lecture, the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) Legislative Day, and Florida Southern College’s Distinguished Speaker Series—Earnest is set to reveal both informative and engaging lessons from his 10 years working alongside President Barack Obama and a fresh perspective on today’s headlines. Delivering keynotes such as “A Matter of Facts: Navigating a Post-Truth Era” and “The Briefing: Today’s Headlines in Perspective”, engaging in substantive debates with Republican pundits such as Karl Rove, and participating in in-depth Q&As, Earnest balances both sharp analysis and witty anecdotes to keep audiences riveted and informed.  Just look at the tweets of praise that came rolling in following one of Earnest’s recent keynotes: “What an honor to introduce Josh Earnest at @VillageShalom Ages last night! Great speech!”

Biography

Josh Earnest's Biography

In the midst of an increasingly caustic media environment, Josh Earnest was selected by President Obama to assume the most visible job in American politics as White House press secretary in 2014. Earnest distinguished himself – not with bluster – but with a keen ability to marshal facts and construct persuasive arguments that earned him the respect of Washington insiders in both parties. 

Earnest stood before the White House press corps each day for the last two and a half years of Obama’s tenure prepared to discuss the most complex and consequential issues in the world.  Whether reacting to a legislative setback, a diplomatic breakthrough or a terror attack, Earnest earned a reputation for uncommon poise under an intense spotlight where there is no margin for error.  In fact, White House correspondents surveyed by Politico in 2015 voted Earnest the “best White House press secretary I’ve worked with.”

From townhall meetings on the campaign trail in Iowa to private meetings in the Oval Office, Earnest spent a decade advising and advocating for the man who would make history as the 44th President of the United States. Earnest’s role in President Obama’s orbit burst into public view in May 2014, when the President made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room to announce that he promoted Earnest to be White House press secretary. 

In addition to defending the President in front of the cameras, Earnest played a leading role behind the scenes to help develop and implement an innovative communications strategy that took the President to unconventional venues like ESPN to talk about Cuba policy and “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” to talk about climate change. This pioneering approach was paired with a fully-integrated digital media presence that put the world’s most powerful man at the forefront of an evolving media landscape.  The successful implementation of this strategy contributed to President Obama’s ability to buck historical trends, confound the critics who were quick to label him a ‘lame duck’ and redefine the way a second-term President wields authority in Washington. 

In eight years, Earnest traveled across the country and around the world – three dozen countries – with President Obama and participated in multilateral summits including the G-20, G-7, NATO, the UN General Assembly, ASEAN and APEC.

Earnest started at the White House on “Day 1” in January 2009 as deputy press secretary, managing the White House press office and filling in for the press secretary on Air Force One and at the podium. He first joined Obama’s team in March 2007 helping steer the President to an historic victory in the Iowa caucuses that catapulted him to the White House. 

Earnest’s two-decade career in politics has taken him from Capitol Hill to some of the largest states and most competitive races in the country, including four presidential campaigns, statewide races in Texas and Florida and Mike Bloomberg’s first campaign for Mayor of New York City.

Earnest was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Rice University, where he majored in political science and policy studies. He currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and son.

Rick Santorum's Biography

A native of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016, 2012, and became known as a voice for conservatives who didn’t feel their voice was being represented. His grassroots approach to campaigning – including visiting every one of Iowa’s 99 counties and his stunning victory in the Iowa caucuses – catapulted him to frontrunner status where he ultimately won 11 states and 3 million votes during the Republican primary process.  Rick now reaches millions of viewers regularly as a Senior Political Commentator on CNN.

In June, 2012 Rick Santorum launched Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity. With a goal of recruiting one million members, Patriot Voices will transform the political landscape of our country.


Rick and his wife of 24 years, Karen, are the parents of seven wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Isabella. And during his run for president, Rick spoke passionately about his belief that strong families help produce a strong economy. He shared his views that we must expand opportunities for all Americans by encouraging incentives for marriage, children, and free enterprise.

As an example of his commitment to improving our economy, Rick spoke often about his belief that we must renew America’s manufacturing sector to ensure that our nation isn’t just made of innovators but of those who can produce those innovations. Renewing our country’s manufacturing spirit will strengthen working families and help our struggling communities return to a path of prosperity during these tough economic times. Rick also believes we must support America’s domestic energy potential through pro-growth tax and regulatory reforms that will not only create jobs but strengthen our national security.

On the campaign trail, Rick was a voice for the voiceless. Voters across this country heard about Rick and Karen’s youngest daughter Isabella, who was born with a condition called Trisomy 18, and who wasn’t expected to survive her first birthday. Beating all the odds, Bella celebrated her 6th birthday in May of 2014 and is a joyful and loving little girl. Bella’s miraculous life has only strengthened Rick and Karen’s belief in the dignity of each of every life.

Furthermore, one of the key reasons that Rick chose to run for president in 2012 was because of the passage of Obamacare. He believes passionately that we must repeal Obamacare and replace it with a bottom up, patient -- not government -- driven system.

Prior to running for President, Rick served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007 where he was known as one of the most successful government reformers in our history. Rick took on Washington's powerful special interests from the moment he arrived in our nation's Capitol in 1991. Along with John Boehner and Jim Nussle, Rick was a member of the "Gang of Seven" that exposed the Congressional Banking and Congressional Post Office scandals. It was this record of reform that prompted a Washington Post reporter to write that "Santorum was a tea party kind of guy before there was a tea party."

Rick was also an author and floor manager of the landmark Welfare Reform Act which passed in 1996 that has empowered millions of Americans to leave the welfare rolls and enter the workforce.

He wrote and championed legislation that outlawed the heinous procedure known as Partial Birth Abortion as well as the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act," the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act," and the "Combating Autism Act" because he believes each and every individual has value and the most vulnerable in our society need to be protected.

Rick fought to maintain fiscal sanity in Washington before it was in fashion, fighting for a balanced budget and a line item veto. He bravely proposed reforming entitlements, cutting spending and even developed a "spendometer" that added up the cost of Democrat amendments to spending bills. This record made him one of the most conservative senators in Pennsylvania's history.

Rick served eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee where he led the fight before the attacks of September 11th, 2001 to transform our military from a Cold War force to meet today's threats. He was a leader on US-Israeli relations, authoring both the "Syria Accountability Act" and the "Iran Freedom and Support Act" which he successfully fought to pass in spite of initial opposition by President Bush. Rick firmly believes that we cannot allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. An accomplished author, Rick Santorum penned the 2005 New York Times best seller It Takes a Family.