Jim Messina & Karl Rove

Iconic Democratic and Republican strategists Jim Messina and Karl Rove face off in a civil, enlightening and sometimes downright funny program.  

Both senior presidential advisors with a deep and substantive understanding of the political dynamics railing America, Messina and Rove are in-demand for their shrewd and timely commentary. Add to the mix Rove's breadth of historical knowledge and Messina's expertise in data analysis and you have the secret sauce that makes for a powerful political debate.

Every single event gets a review like:  "The debate between Rove and Messina was spectacular and incredibly well-received by our clients. Not only was it insightful and timely, but their passion was genuine ...The hard hitting format was far superior to any so.  of ‘canned’ presentation that another speaker might deliver with such frequency that could come off as dull or boring to an audience. These two kept every participant on the edge of their seat until the closing bell." (Marcus Evans)

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Jim Messina

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  • CEO, The Messina Group
  • Campaign Manager for President Obama & Vice President Biden's successful 2012 re-election campaign & Senior Strategic Adviser for David Cameron’s EU referendum campaign
  • White House Deputy Chief of Staff for President Obama & Vice President Biden (2009-2011)
  • National Chair, Organizing for Action

One of the world's most successful political advisors and renowned Democratic strategist Jim Messina is the mastermind behind former-President Obama and then-Vice President Biden’s 2012 re-election campaign. Seizing the reins on what Bloomberg Businessweek dubbed “the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken,” Messina, with the guidance of technology’s foremost leaders, abandoned every step of a traditional presidential campaign and merged technology and politics in a way that was both unpredictable and unprecedented.

Messina’s strategies established the modern presidential campaign—Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt called it “the best-run campaign ever.”  The American Association of Political Consultants later crowned him the Campaign Strategist of the Year. 

Messina is among the most sought after legislative DC insiders, having worked in the Obama-Biden administration as Deputy Chief of Staff where he worked closely with both former-President Obama and President-elect Joe Biden on the passage of the historic Affordable Care Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , which has been credited with saving the U.S. economy, and the landmark repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Jim earned the nickname “The Fixer” as he worked closely with President Obama and Vice President Biden and Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to pass the Affordable Care Act. For over twenty years, Jim served as Chief of Staff for various Senate and House offices on Capitol Hill where he worked to pass key legislation such as multiple tax cut bills, the Medicare prescription drug bill, and several trade agreements.

Messina has gone on to elect over a dozen Presidents and Prime Ministers on five continents including: the UK’s Theresa May and David Cameron, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and Spain’s President Mariano Rajoy, who he helped secure a surprising re-election win. 

Currently at the helm of The Messina Group as CEO, Messina provides strategic consulting to top businesses around the world, including Uber, Airbnb, Google, Delta Air Lines, Hutchison Whampoa, and over 300 others.

A fixture on news outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg, BBC and more, and sought-out for the boards of countless organizations including Organizing for Action (OFA), Virgin HyperloopOne, Google’s Advanced Technology Panel, and Pillpack, Messina is an in-demand voice at the crucial intersection of politics, business, and technology. He provides illuminating, actionable insights on our political and business landscape. 

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Karl Rove

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  • Foremost Conservative Commentator & Strategist
  • Fox News Contributor & Wall Street Journal Columnist
  • Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
  • Author of New York Times bestselling memoir Courage and Consequence and critically acclaimed history The Triumph of William McKinley

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

Rove was described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone as “unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon” and by Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard as “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation… He knows history, understands the moods of the public, and is a visionary on matters of public policy.” 

From major international conferences to college campuses and intimate corporate events, Karl Rove's shrewd analysis helps him resonate with audiences. Sponsors hosting Rove have reported his remarks "were extremely insightful and very helpful to our industry leaders" (Edison Electric Institute); "stimulating and valuable" (The Fraser Institute); and "provocative, lively and thoughtful" (Nomura); with audiences "often erupting in applause" (Wabash College) and his presentations consistently praised as "one of the highest-rated" (The TriZetto Group). 

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The debate between Rove and Messina was spectacular and incredibly well-received by our clients. Not only was it insightful and timely, but their passion was genuine ...The hard hitting format was far superior to any sort of ‘canned’ presentation that another speaker might deliver with such frequency that could come off as dull or boring to an audience. These two kept every participant on the edge of their seat until the closing bell.

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  • Consortium Health Plans, Inc
  • Ringling College Library Association
  • Michigan State University
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Political masterminds KARL ROVE and JIM MESSINA consistently receive rave reviews at each of their engagements thanks to their spot-on, engaging, insightful, and humorous commentary on the current political climate. Sought-out to speak everywhere from the SALT Conference to college campuses and major banks, Rove and Messina's combined experiences as iconic political strategists and White House insiders, make them an unbeatable combination. As past groups have raved: "The debate between Rove and Messina was spectacular and incredibly well-received by our clients. Not only was it insightful and timely, but their passion was genuine ...The hard hitting format was far superior to any sort of ‘canned’ presentation that another speaker might deliver... These two kept every participant on the edge of their seat until the closing bell" (Marcus Evans), and "Rove and Messina did a great job. They were two of the highest rated speakers at the conference…" (Consortium Health Plans, Inc). 

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Jim Messina's Biography

JIM MESSINA

CEO, THE MESSINA GROUP

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and President Barack Obama’s 2012 Campaign Manager

Jim Messina is arguably one of the world’s most successful political advisors. The mastermind behind former-President Obama and then-Vice President Biden’s 2012 re-election campaign, Jim Messina seized the reins on what Bloomberg Businessweek dubbed “the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken”—and succeeded, earning the President another term in the White House. With the guidance of technology’s foremost leaders, Jim abandoned every step of a traditional presidential campaign and merged technology and politics in a way that was both unpredictable and unprecedented.

Jim’s strategies established the modern presidential campaign—Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt called it “the best-run campaign ever.”  The American Association of Political Consultants later crowned him the Campaign Strategist of the Year (2013).

Messina is among the most sought after legislative DC insiders, having worked in the Obama-Biden administration as Deputy Chief of Staff where he worked closely with both former-President Obama and President-elect Joe Biden on the passage of the historic Affordable Care Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , which has been credited with saving the U.S. economy, and the landmark repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Jim earned the nickname “The Fixer” as he worked closely with President Obama and Vice President Biden and Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to pass the Affordable Care Act. For over twenty years, Jim served as Chief of Staff for various Senate and House offices on Capitol Hill where he worked to pass key legislation such as multiple tax cut bills, the Medicare prescription drug bill, and several trade agreements.

Since then he has gone on to elect over a dozen Presidents and Prime Ministers on five continents including: the UK’s Theresa May and David Cameron, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and in 2016 helped Spain’s President Mariano Rajoy win a surprising re-election margin.

In 2013, Messina launched The Messina Group. In this role, Messina provides strategic consulting to businesses around the world.  The firm has been involved in winning public policy campaigns on five continents.  Clients include Uber, Airbnb, Google, Delta Air Lines, Hutchison Whampoa, and over 300 others.

Previously, Jim served as Deputy Chief of Staff in President Barack Obama’s White House, where he was integral to the passage of the historic health care bill, the economic stimulus act credited with saving the US economy, and the landmark repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”

Messina continues to advise and guide Democratic candidates and organizations at all levels, as well as providing insight on news outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg, BBC and others.

Jim serves on the boards of Organizing for Action (OFA), Virgin HyperloopOne, Google’s Advanced Technology Panel, Vectra.ai, Pillpack, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, LanzaTech, Hyp3r, the United States Soccer Foundation, and the Montana Land Reliance.

Karl Rove's Biography

Karl Rove, an iconic political strategist and one of the most sought-after political pundits of our time, is best known for his provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day.

Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

Rove was described by author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as “…unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon.” Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Broder wrote that Rove was a master political strategist whose “game has always been long term…and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match.” Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, called him “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation… He knows history, understands the moods of the public, and is a visionary on matters of public policy.”

Mr. Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on the Fox News Channel, and is the author of the New York Times best seller, Courage and Consequence. His latest book is The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters.  

A Colorado native, Rove lives in Austin, Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas at Austin and serves on the Texas State History Museum and McDonald Observatory boards.