Joe Scarborough
& Newt Gingrich

Program Date April 21, 2018

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PARTY IN POWER

In a rare joint appearance, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and conservative commentator and former four-term Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough will engage in a lively discussion of the power structure of the party they have both called their own, its status in contemporary politics, the future of the GOP, and the political headlines of the day.

JOE SCARBOROUGH

Balanced by his Democratic co-host, Mika Brzezinski, and flanked by diverse guests, Scarborough navigates the political environment with an insider's perspective and a no-nonsense attitude. In 2011, he was named to TIME magazine’s list of the world's most influential people. In describing his selection, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "Joe speaks without fear...he puts his country before his Party...That independence makes him a valuable voice in American politics, and it's what makes Morning Joe such a successful show."

MSNBC said Morning Joe does particularly well among Washington's power players. GOP consultant Mark McKinnon said, "Morning Joe has become the most influential show in politics. Anyone who is anyone in politics, or cares about politics these days, is plugged into the program." Newsweek notes, "One reason for the success of Morning Joe is that Scarborough and his team generate an ideologically unpredictable vibe." In 2008, the New York Times ranked Morning Joe the top news show of the year and the program has consistently beaten CNN and Headline News in the ratings since 2011.

Scarborough made a name for himself in politics long before he became a nationally-recognizable media force. He was elected to Congress in 1994, the first Republican to do so in Florida since 1872, and he was part of a small group of Republican congressmen that National Journal said possessed a surprising amount of power. Scarborough served on numerous committees, including the Judiciary, Armed Services, Government Reform and Oversight, Education and the Workforce, and National Security. In 1998, he was named chairman of the Civil Service Committee and drafted a bill on long-term care, which President Clinton called "landmark legislation." Scarborough retired from Congress in 2001.

Scarborough is the two-time New York Times best-selling author of The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics -- And Can Again, Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day, and The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise. He also writes a column on politics for The Washington Post and founded the Florida Sun, an award-winning weekly newspaper for which he served as editor and publisher.

In 2016, alongside co-host Mika Brzezinski, Scarborough was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.

NEWT GINGRICH

Newt Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the "Contract with America" that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. After he was elected Speaker, he disrupted the status quo by moving power out of Washington and back to the American people. Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation, and the first tax cut in sixteen years. In addition, the Congress restored funding to strengthen defense and intelligence capabilities, an action later lauded by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission.

Today Newt Gingrich is a Fox News contributor. He is a Senior Advisor at Dentons, the world's largest law firm with more than 6,500 lawyers in 50 countries and offices in more than 125 cities. He advises the firm's world-class Public Policy and Regulation practice. He is also a Senior Scientist at Gallup. From May 2011 to May 2012, Newt Gingrich was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, winning the South Carolina and the Georgia primaries. The campaign was especially notable for its innovative policy agenda, its effort to bring new coalitions into the Republican fold, and for Newt's debate performances. His $2.50 a gallon energy plan set off a nationwide discussion about the use of America's energy resources.

However, there is a lot more to Newt Gingrich than these remarkable achievements. As an author, Newt has published twenty-seven books including fourteen fiction and nonfiction New York Times bestsellers, including his 2017 book, Understanding Trump. Newt and his wife, Callista, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries.

Recognized internationally as an expert on world history, military issues, and international affairs, Newt served as a Member of the Defense Policy Board. He was the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals. He also taught officers from all five services as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. Newt was a member of the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2005, Newt co-chaired the Task Force on U.N. Reform, a bi-partisan Congressional effort to reform the United Nations.

His experiences as the son of a career soldier convinced him at an early age to dedicate his life to his country and to the protection of freedom. Realizing the importance of understanding the past in order to protect the future, he immersed himself in the study of history, receiving his Bachelor's degree from Emory University and Master's and Doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University. Before his election to Congress, he taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for eight years.

 

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