Week of 9.5.08
John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in part to appease his party's strongly conservative base. With the Republican right wing weighing so much influence even in the waning days of the Bush presidency, where does that leave prominent moderate Republicans? Is there room for them in the GOP? David Brancaccio sits down with former New Jersey Governor and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman to discuss the political tolerance of the modern Republican Party, and her perspective on the current race.
About Christine Todd Whitman
Christine Todd Whitman was governor of New Jersey from 1994-2001. She served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency beginning in 2001 but left the post in 2003. In early 2005, Whitman released It's My Party, Too: Taking Back the Republican Party. The book explained her disappointment in the current state of the Republican Party and helped formulate the basis of her political action committee, It's My Party Too-PAC (IMP-PAC). IMP-PAC, which is now aligned with the Republican Leadership Council, aims to increase the prevalence of moderate Republican politicians.
NOW: Breaking with Convention
Investigating a behind-the-scenes battle to push centrist voices out of the GOP.
The Republican Leadership Council
The Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series
NPR: Christine Todd Whitman: Battle for the GOP Core
Also this Week: Amy Goodman on her Convention Arrest
David Brancaccio talks to award-winning radio and television host Amy Goodman. Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the detention of two of her show's producers during their coverage of street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman has called the police presence "overly aggressive." Her arrest was caught on tape and circulated around the Internet.
Goodman shares her experience with NOW and talks about freedom of the press, the role of the police, and what happens when the two intersect.
I-Witness Video: Protests in St. Paul
Los Angeles Times: Amy Goodman's Arrest
YouTube: Footage of Goodman's Arrest