Road to the 2020 Election: The Final Stages of the Race

What has the impact of the debates been so far? How can the race change in its final 20 days? What are the polls telling us?

POLITICO co-founder John Harris moderates a conversation on what to expect in the final weeks of the 2020 election with Brunswick’s Lanhee Chen, Doug Sosnik, and Patti Solis Doyle.

Drawing on decades of experience working on Presidential campaigns and in U.S. politics, the panelists share their views on the current state of the race and what’s next.

 

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Moderated by:

John Harris, Co-founder, POLITICO   

John Harris is an American political journalist and the co-founder of POLITICO. Harris served as editor-in-chief of POLITICO from 2007 until 2019 and has decades of experience in the journalism industry. He worked at the Washington Post for 21 years, where he covered the Clinton White House from 1995 to 2001 and became the Post’s National Politics Editor in 2005. His time as an editor at the Post led him to conversations with Jim VandeHei about starting a publication on politics from the ground up and eventually to creating POLITICO. Even more, Harris is the author of a book on Bill Clinton’s presidency titled The Survivor and co-author of The Way to Win: Clinton, Bush, Rove and How to Take the White House in 2008.  

Speakers:

Lanhee Chen, Senior Counselor, Brunswick Group

Lanhee is a Republican strategist, commentator, senior policy advisor and official who has participated in four presidential campaigns and numerous statewide campaigns across the country. He served as chief policy advisor to Mitt Romney and Policy Director of his 2012 presidential campaign, advised Senator Marco Rubio's 2016 bid and worked as a health policy advisor to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004. During the 2014 and 2018 campaign cycles, he was the Senior Advisor on Policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). During the George W. Bush Administration, he served as a senior appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, Lanhee is the David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies at the Hoover Institution and Director of Domestic Policy Studies in Public Policy at Stanford University.  

Patti Solis Doyle, Partner, Brunswick Group

Patti is a veteran political advisor and commentator, with more than 30 years of experience in politics, presidential campaigns, and public service. She served as an advisor to the Obama-Biden presidential campaign during the 2012 presidential election, and during the 2008 general election she was chief of staff for vice presidential operations. In that role, she built a national team of policy, communications, and political advisors before the nominee’s selection, and later managed day-to-day operations for vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. Patti was campaign manager for Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid in 2007-2008 and managed her Senate re-election campaign before that. She also served as chief of staff to the First Lady’s first Senate campaign. Before that, she served as a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton throughout Governor Bill Clinton’s campaign and two terms in the White House.

Doug Sosnik, Senior Advisor, Brunswick Group

Doug is a policy and political expert who served as a senior advisor to President Clinton for six years, playing a key role in policy, strategy and communications decisions in the White House. During this time Doug’s titles included Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, White House Political Director and Deputy Legislative Director. In addition to his work in the White House, Doug has advised elected officials, corporations, foundations, universities, non-profits and philanthropists on strategic planning and crisis management. Clients have included the National Basketball Association, the Motion Picture Association of America, CNBC, The Rockefeller Foundation and The University of North Carolina. Doug has also collaborated with over 50 U.S. Senators and governors and co-authored a New York Times bestseller, Applebee’s America: How Successful Political, Business and Religious Leaders Connect with the New American Community.