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THE GOP'S NOMINEE
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March 7, 2008

John McCain has won the GOP nomination — will he be as successful in gathering the disparate strands of the GOP and American conservatism together? Bill Moyers talks about Senator McCain's nomination with former Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-OK), author of RECLAIMING CONSERVATISM: HOW A GREAT AMERICAN POLITICAL MOVEMENT GOT LOST - AND HOW IT CAN FIND ITS WAY BACK, and Matt Welch, editor of REASON magazine and author of MCCAIN: THE MYTH OF A MAVERICK.

Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards was a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma for 16 years, serving as a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, as well as a senior member of the House Republican leadership. Mickey Edwards, Photo by Robin Holland

He was one of the three founding trustees of the Heritage Foundation and national chairman of the American Conservative Union, and served for five years as chairman of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He was also the director of the congressional policy task forces advising Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign for the presidency.

Upon leaving Congress, Edwards taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for 11 years, and now teaches at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, directing a political leadership program for the Aspen Institute. He was an advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Edwards is on the board of directors of The Constitution Project and has chaired task forces for the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Matt Welch

Matt Welch is editor-in-chief of REASON magazine and author of MCCAIN: THE MYTH OF A MAVERICK.Matt Welch, photo by Robin Holland From 2006 to 2007, Welch served as assistant editorial pages editor at the LOS ANGELES TIMES, shaping and writing editorials, and overseeing the section's Web operations. From 2002 to 2006, Welch worked at REASON as an associate editor and media columnist. From 2002 to 2004, he also wrote a regular "Letter from California" column for Canada's NATIONAL POST newspaper and contributed to the ONLINE JOURNALISM REVIEW; WORKINGFORCHANGE.COM (for whom he covered Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential campaign); and the now-defunct Los Angeles tech/biz magazine ZONE NEWS.

Welch's work has appeared in THE WASHINGTON POST, COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, LA WEEKLY, ESPN.COM, SALON.COM, WIRED, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, THE DAILY STAR OF BEIRUT, and dozens of other publications.

Before 1998, Welch lived for eight years in Central Europe, where he co-founded the region's first post-communist English-language newspaper, PROGNOSIS, worked as UPI's Slovakia correspondent and managed the BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL.

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References and Reading:
John McCain
The official Senate site.

REASON
Read selections and blogs and hear podcasts.

"Do we need another T.R.?"
An opinion piece by Matt Welch for THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. The piece is subtitled: "If John McCain gets his way, you'll have your faith in the country restored ... or else!"

NPR: The Diane Rheim Show
Listen to Mickey Edwards discuss Congressional Oversight and Iraq policy, January 9, 2007

The Constitution Project
The Constitution Project Introduces First in a Series of Constitutional Commentary: Congress is the Ultimate "Decider" by Mickey Edwards

Politics of the Future
by Congressman Mickey Edwards, ASPEN IDEA (PDF)

Guest photos by Robin Holland

Published March 7, 2008

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