NBAA Convention News

Carville, Matalin talk politics at NBAA

 - October 1, 2008, 5:58 AM

Just a month before the presidential election, political odd couple James Carville, a Democrat, and Mary Matalin, a Republican, are offering their perspectives on the battle between Sens. John McCain and Barak Obama at today’s 8:30 a.m. opening general session of NBAA’s 61st Annual Meeting and Convention.

This marks the second appearance of the famed duo at NBAA’s annual event. They first appeared two years ago, also here in Orlando.

Carville is a business aviation enthusiast, and in an interview with NBAA Convention News’ sister publication Business Jet Traveler earlier this year, admitted that if a Republican candidate could reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to private aviation he would vote for the GOP candidate.

Probably best known for his role in getting President Clinton elected, Carville has helped a variety of prominent Democrats achieve victories, as well as some international politicians such as British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Israeli Labor Party leader Ehud Barak.

Matalin has been active in Republican politics since college. She formerly served as assistant to President Bush and counselor to Vice President Cheney. As such, she was the first White House official to hold that double title.

Carville and Matalin bring an insider’s view to analyzing the 2008 election and the players and policies influencing this highly charged political season. They can be counted on to offer candid commentary about the day’s headlines and the hot-button political issues affecting the campaign from both sides of the political aisle, while delivering a lively and engaging exchange of views.