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Kevin Madden and MK Hamm look at the 2016 race from a rightward perspective. What is the future of the GOP in the age of Trump? He's a seasoned party strategist and she's a movement conservative and each episode will delve into an elements of that question with guests from across the political spectrum. A trip looking for the soul of conservatism in America.




The Heritage Foundation's chief economist on what Trump’s early agenda is missing

Stephen Moore, who founded the Club for Growth and is now at the Heritage Foundation, sat down with CNN's Kevin Madden and Mary Katharine Ham to discuss Trump's early moves. Topics include whether Trump made a 'huge mistake' by putting tax cuts on the back burner (3:00); whether he is ‘playing with fire’ on trade (12:20); how the GOP and it's principles have been reshaped (17:25); and books to check out that Trump himself might actually read (26:10).

Duration: 00:32:06

Being a Republican Congressman under Donald Trump's presidency with U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California's 49th congressional district, sat down with CNN's Kevin Madden to talk about why he sees support for President Donald Trump's aggressive moves on immigration and border security but still has concerns about the pace of executive orders coming out of the White House (00:01), how voters are feeling the effects of Obamacare in his district and why he has high praise for Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch (15:46), and why he thinks...

Duration: 00:40:27

Dissecting Democrat and Republican fault lines with journalist Josh Kraushaar

Josh Kraushaar, politics editor for National Journal, sat down with CNN's Kevin Madden and Mary Katharine Ham to talk about how both parties are reconciling with the outcome of the presidential election. The topics include Democrats' soul-searching and President Obama's role in the party's current predicament (00:01), the fractures that still exist in the Republican party (18:38), and how Kraushaar got his start covering politics (30:48).

Duration: 00:47:57

Ad maestro Brad Todd on how Donald Trump changed campaigns

Brad Todd, a veteran shaper of Republican TV ads, sat down with CNN's Kevin Madden and Mary Katharine Ham to discuss the lessons of Trump's victory for how campaigns should be run. The topics include how Scott is the true author of the idea that Trump's voters take him 'seriously, but not literally' (1:00); how 2016 proved that there are still plenty of swing voters out there (9:30); how Trump won in spite of largely ignoring television advertising (27:50); and how he got his start as in...

Duration: 00:47:41

Noah Rothman on Trump: 'We are seeing a lot more winging it than people want to admit'

Noah Rothman, the Assistant Online Editor of Commentary magazine, sat down with CNN’s Kevin Madden and Mary Katharine Ham to discuss conservatives watching the Trump transition. Topics included how he’s now optimistic but 'was perfectly ready to go into this thing despondent’ (1:10); his feeling that 'I think we are seeing a lot more winging it than people want to admit’ (9:25); how he never though Trump could win until he actually did it (11:50); whether conservatives and populists within...

Duration: 00:39:37

Representative Adam Kinzinger on coming around on Trump

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger sat down with CNN's Mary Katharine Ham to talk over Trump's emerging foreign policy. The two discuss his concern that Trump, like previous administrations, may initially try and be 'pals with Putin' (2:00); how both of their anti-Trump past squares with current optimism (16:00); his evolution on whether Trump tweeting is a good idea or not (22:00); and White House/Congressional relations including how he's only met Barack Obama twice since taking office...

Duration: 00:32:16

Ellen Carmichael on how when it comes to Republican and minority outreach, 'we're getting it more'

Ellen Carmichael, President of The Lafayette Company and GOP strategist, sat down with CNN's Kevin Madden. They discuss the need for continued GOP minority outreach (2:30); Trump's post-election political capitol (18:50); and reflections on her old boss, Tom Price, who has been tapped to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (33:45).

Duration: 00:38:30

Ex-CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin on predicting the unpredictable Trump transition

Douglas Holtz-Eakin currently runs the American Action Forum, a conservative think tank, and sat down with CNN's Kevin Madden and Mary Katherine Ham to discuss the Republican agenda taking shape in Washington. The topics included the ‘ecstatic’ mood about possibilities among some policy professionals following Trump’s win (0:50), reflections on working with Congress even under one party rule (20:40), and how a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan might actually be one of the easier agenda...

Duration: 00:40:57

Reid Wilson on the GOP's next steps under a Trump presidency

Reid Wilson, a national correspondent at The Hill, sat down with CNN's Kevin Madden and Mary Katherine Ham to discuss the next steps as the country and party prepares for a Trump presidency. First, Kevin and Mary Katherine reflected on being being wrong about the strength of Donald Trump (0:00); Reid discussed how the Obama coalition isn't going away in spite of the failings of the Clinton campaign (5:40) and the need to focus on state legislatures (20:40).

Duration: 00:27:18

Matthew Continetti on how the Trump candidacy not a 'fluke'

The Washington Free Beacon editor sat down with CNN's Kevin Madden and Mary Katharine Ham just before election day. They discussed the divide within the party between conservatives and populists (1:20); where to look for leaders who can bridge the GOP divide (12:40); and how the Trump candidacy is far from a fluke (16:50).

Duration: 00:26:28

The RNC chief of staff on why predictive modeling will help the party win elections

Katie Walsh, chief of staff at the Republican National Committee, sat down with CNN's Kevin Madden and Mary Katharine Ham for peek into the center of the party apparatus one week from election day. The topics included her start in politics in Missouri (1:50); merging the RNC with Donald Trump’s 'ten guys and a twitter account' campaign (6:00); how predictive modeling can change the electoral game (13:50); and starting a conversation about how the primary process should be different going...

Duration: 00:44:58