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A daughter of Mexican immigrants who worked her way up from one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to serve as a top advisor to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Patti Solis Doyle is a campaign strategist, known for her candor and humor, with extraordinary insight into presidential campaigns, the rise of women and minorities in politics and issues affecting Hispanic Americans.
As a top advisor to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Patti Solis Doyle has served on eight of the most historic campaigns of the last 25 years. She delivers a candid, practical and irreverent perspective on how the campaigns of 2016 will be won, from the latest polls and headlines, to the underlying economic and demographic trends shaping the race. Patti provides a highly personal perspective on the two constituencies most likely to decide elections next year: women and Hispanics. When Patti started in politics, it was a man’s game, and campaigns tended to focus on issues that mattered most to white, middle-class voters. "Women’s issues," like family leave, were delegated to the candidates’ spouses, and Hispanic voters rarely decided a race. Twenty-five years later, Hispanics are America’s fastest-growing voting block and a deciding factor in nine states. Women are the principal breadwinners in 40% of American households, and our economy depends increasingly on helping them prosper in the workforce. Patti’s career helps tell the story of how these two groups emerged as political powers. A child of Mexican immigrants, Patti prospered in "old school" politics, earning scholarships to Northwestern, promising jobs at Chicago City Hall and an early role on Bill Clinton’s improbable campaign for President. But by working with Hillary Clinton through two terms in the White House, two senate campaigns and her presidential bid, Patti was part of a small team of women who recruited women and Hispanic candidates and championed policies that helped these two constituencies. During the 2008 general election, Patti continued this work with the Obama for America campaign as campaign manager for vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. During the 2012 election, Patti served as a senior advisor to the Obama-Biden campaign, focusing on women and Hispanic voters.
Patti is president of Solis Strategies, a strategic communications firm, and co-founded Vendor Assistance Program, LLC (VAP), a financial services firm that works with state and local governments. She serves as a political commentator on CNN. She also works with Hispanic service organizations and student organizations across the U.S. Hispanic Business magazine named Patti one of America’s "100 Most Influential Hispanics." She has also received Hispanic magazine’s Latinas of Excellence Award and Siempre Mujer magazine’s Siempre Inspiran Award.
2016 Presidential Campaign – What the Hell Happened?! What Do We Do Now?!
The 2016 Presidential Campaign was remarkable in many ways. Democrats nominated their first woman (and a former First Lady), and Republicans nominated their first Reality TV star. Each side spent about $1 billion, but no one knows whether that money actually did anything. After rallying white working class voters in 2008, Hillary lost them in 2016. Everyone thought she had it in the bag up until 8 pm on Election Night. In the end, 2.4 million voters chose to leave the Presidential ballot blank, rather than vote for either candidate.
Patti Solis Doyle, a democratic strategist, CNN Political contributor, and manager of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, will cover key aspects of the presidential campaign that stunned a nation. Polls were wrong. Endorsements meant nothing. Tweets drove the news, and everyone blamed the media. Patti will help separate the drama over hacked emails; Access Hollywood outtakes; Comey letter; Wikileaks; and Russian Interference from the long-term economic, demographic and political trends that drove voter anger.
Months into a completely unorthodox Presidency, Patti will also explain what voters, media, and each Party can do now. Should Democrats play ball with Trump? Can Trump compromise? Can Washington figure out how to give voters what they want?