Former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter may be going head-to-head on a TV near you. According to reports, CNN is eyeing Gingrich and Cutter for a revamped version of their famous debate show, Crossfire.
Sources now tell POLITICO that the network is in discussions with former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter about roles on the show.
“They are talking to Cutter and to Gingrich,” a source familiar with the discussions said. “[Cutter] is in discussions; Newt is in discussions too,” another source confirmed.
The Hollywood Reporter, too, cited sources saying CNN is interested in Gingrich and Cutter. Their report, however, added a third name to the mix: Kevin Madden, who was an adviser to Mitt Romney. The network’s new president, Jeff Zucker, the report said, “is looking for a mix of seasoned politicos and younger voices.”
In 2005, the earlier iteration of Crossfire was taken off the air — not long after Jon Stewart‘s now-famous appearance on the show, during which he told hosts Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala that they were “hurting America.”
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