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Michael Murphy
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Michael Murphy

The man behind some of America's most successful political campaigns, Mike Murphy gives an unvarnished and honest look at today's political environment.
Political Strategist, Political Analyst for NBC News and former Columnist, TIME

Expertise In:

  • American Politics
  • U.S. Current Events
  • Election Forecast and Analysis
  • U.S. Health Care Policy
  • Communication

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
  • Colleges and Universities
  • The Professional Services Industry

When Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney decided to run for governor, they called Mike Murphy. Murphy’s phone rang because he has a proven track record—26 gubernatorial and senatorial wins. Murphy, the man behind John McCain’s famous “Straight Talk Express,” gives audiences an unvarnished, honest look at American's political scene. Called a “media master” by Fortune magazine, Murphy has a humorous and engaging style that both informs and entertains. A leading television pundit, Murphy is a vocal leader in the discussion of how to reform the Republican party in today's political environment. Murphy’s work has caught the eye of corporate America, where he has advised a variety of Fortune 500 companies on policy, public relations and issues of strategic importance. Murphy is also co-director of the bipartisan Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California where he leads projects studying the intersection of new technologies and politics. Frequently quoted in the national meda, Murphy appears regularly on NBC and MSNBC as a political analyst and is a former columnist for TIME maigazine. Murphy also serves as a Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and serves on the boards of the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Featured Videos

Michael Murphy's Speech Topics

Straight Talk Politics — What’s Really Going On.

Veteran GOP Strategist Mike Murphy breaks it all down as only a real insider who’s been behind the curtain in American politics really can. The lead consultant for Sen. John McCain’s 2000 Straight Talk Express, Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Recall, as well as for numerous other GOP leaders like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and many more, Murphy gives a highly informed and hilariously entertaining back room look at how campaigns and politics really work. A veteran of five Republican Presidential campaigns and dozens of successful Senate and Gubernatorial races, Murphy has an entertaining style that both entertains and informs. As a Leader of Republican Voters Against Trump, yet still a loyal Republican, Murphy sees the current divided nature of American politics from both sides, with his trademark No Spin honesty, understanding of data and long experience running political campaigns all over the world. Known for his trademark humor, Murphy both entertains and informs audiences with his many hilarious stories from backstage on the campaign trail. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents will all enjoy Murphy’s tour through what happened in 2020 and where American politics is going right now; from the fight inside the GOP, the future of Donald Trump, the Biden Presidency and the future of the Democratic party and the big issues that will drive tomorrow’s political landscape.

A familiar face as a long time analyst for NBC News Murphy is a former TIME magazine columnist and a frequent Op-ed contributors to The Washington Post. He is co-director of the Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California and a former senior fellow at the Belfer Center at the Harvard JFK School where his expertise was on the inspection of Foreign Policy making and domestic politics.

Currently Murphy also hosts the popular "Hacks on Tap" Podcast with his old friend and professional rival David Axelrod. 

Politics and Pop Culture: The New Rules of Politics in the Internet Age

For years, well known GOP political strategist Mike Murphy has led a double-life! While you may know him as a popular analyst for NBC News and a former TIME columnist, or as the political consultant behind iconic campaigns like John McCain’s 2000 Straight Talk Express, Arnold Schwartzenegger’s historic election as Governor of California, or successful races for Governors like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, Murphy is also a Hollywood writer and producer! He’s written jokes for Dennis Miller and sold TV and movie projects to HBO, CBS, 20th Century Fox and others. (Recently he created a new CBS prime time TV pilot being shot in 2021 staring Patrick Dempsey and set in the U.S. House of Representatives.)

Drawing on his background in politics and entertainment, Murphy offers a funny and fascinating journey through the growing connection between pop culture and politics: from Arnold’s evolution from Terminator to Governator, The Trump Reality Show Presidency, and now, in the age of Snapchat, Twitter and Streaming Media, what the future may hold, or can Kardassian Fit on a Bumper Sticker.

As co-director of the University of Southern California’s Center for the Political Future, Murphy closely follows the emerging trends of American Politics. With his trademark humor and deep understanding of both pop culture and campaigns, Murphy takes audiences on an entertaining and informative and hilarious journey through this new world of Pop Culture Politics. His backstage stories from Arnold’s campaign and other famous efforts will keep audiences laughing, and learning, as he analyzed what the Trump Presidency may tell us about the future and how technology is powering so much of this change. 

The Hacks, on Tap LIVE!

During the 2020 campaign, the "Hacks on Tap" Podcast with David Axelrod and Mike Murphy became a wildly popular must listen for political junkies of both parties. Drawing from their decades as senior strategists in the political trenches — Axelrod for Democratic Leaders like Barack Obama and Murphy for Republicans like John McCain and Mitt Romney — the Hacks regale audiences with their funny, civil banter about how politics really works and what is really going on in politics. Friends for over 30 years Axelrod and Murphy disagree without being disagreeable as they entertain and inform audiences with their mutual love of American politics. There’s a reason more than 100,000 listeners download their podcast every week, and now you can have them live at your event.

Healthcare Politics: the Mega-Issue

From Hillarycare to Obamacare to today, no issue looms bigger in American politics than healthcare. Veteran GOP strategist Mike Murphy takes audiences on an information journey about how we got here on healthcare politics and where the debate may be going. From Washington DC to Statehouses, no one domestic issue drives American politics more than healthcare. With his trademark humor, Murphy examines how healthcare became America’s mega-issue, what trends are driving this and where the healthcare debate is heading during the Biden Presidency. What new issues will emerge? How will Republicans devise a new healthcare agenda? What is the future of the ACA? Murphy examines all these key subjects in a highly entertaining presentation mixing political stories, backstage campaign insight, polling data and issue knowledge that will be interesting to Democrats, Republican and Independents. A familiar face, Murphy is a long time analyst for NBC News, a former TIME Columnist and the co-director for the USC Center for the Political Future where he heads the Health Care Politics Initiative.

Works by Michael Murphy