As part of its continued to effort to change the face of the network, CNN has added former Obama and Romney campaign staffers to its roster of political commentators.
On Wednesday morning, the cable news channel announced that it has signed Obama’s deputy 2012 campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and Romney’s 2012 campaign adviser Kevin Madden as political commentators.
During the previous election cycle, both were regular fixtures on cable news, often squaring off against each other on political talk shows.
Cutter’s political experience is extensive, having worked as Assistant to President Obama and Deputy Senior Adviser, after serving as a senior adviser to both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the late Senator Ted Kennedy. “I’ve worked with CNN for many years in the White House, on campaigns and throughout government,” she wrote in an official statement. “They are the best in the business, and I’m thrilled to be joining the CNN team.”
Madden, too, brings a large amount of political experience, having served under both Romney’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns as well as press secretary to former House Majority Leader John Boehner. “This is such an exciting time in the national conversation about the direction of our country, with so many Americans looking to CNN for an informed perspective of today’s political debates,” said Madden in the same CNN statement. “I’m looking forward to bringing my experience of working on national campaigns and Capitol Hill to CNN’s coverage of this national conversation.”
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