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Super-PAC Strategies For 2016 Success

Published in Wall Street Journal on March 26, 2015

By using Twitter to announce his entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race, Sen. Ted Cruz signaled just how pervasive social media will be this election. Two other trends are worth watching. There will be a greater reliance on data and technology in organizing, communicating and measuring the effectiveness of campaign activity—and every presidential candidate will have a Super PAC.

The $2,700 a person contribution limit to a candidate’s campaign for the primary season means donors who are able will donate larger amounts to the Super PAC supporting their favorite candidate.

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The New Price Of Running For President

Published in Wall Street Journal on March 19, 2015

While juggling questions of a candidate’s performance, message and organization, every Republican presidential strategist also spends lots of time thinking about money. First comes this question: How many dollars must a candidate have to be competitive in the opening round of 2016 contests? 

It’s tough to settle on a number for the buy-in now. Few states have passed laws setting their primary or caucus date, so it may be months until the calendar is locked in. It’s also difficult to decide how much of each kind of activity is necessary. 

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Karl Rove On Ted Cruz's Window Of Opportunity

Aired on America's Newsroom on March 23, 2015

Is there a benefit to being the first to announce a presidential candidacy? Karl Rove joins America's Newsroom to explain the timing and strategy behind TX Senator Ted Cruz's decision to run for president.

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Dick Cheney Rips Obama Administration In Playboy Interview

Aired on America's Newsroom on March 18, 2015

Former Vice President Dick Cheney warns of dangerous fallout from the Obama Administration's 'crippling' foreign policy. Is he right? Karl Rove joins America's Newsroom to weigh in.

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By Karl Rove

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By Doris Kearns Goodwin

In a particularly vivid work, Doris Kearns Goodwin tells a rollicking tale about two presidents - their friendship, its destruction, and their subsequent rivalry - in a rapidly changing country with even more rapidly evolving media and politics.  Goodwin has a gifted eye for detail and insight.  

By Rich Lowry

In his new book, 'Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream -- and How We Can Do It Again,' National Review Editor Rich Lowry provides a masterful account of Abraham Lincoln's climb to the presidency from humble frontier beginnings.  It is a fantastic take on the sixteenth president's convictions, discipline, and ambition which allowed him to live the American Dream and be in a position where he was able to make it possible for others to do so as well.  

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