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Paul Begala

Paul Begala offers a witty and highly informed perspective on politics, media, and today’s headlines.
Political Analyst and Commentator, CNN

Expertise In:

  • American Politics
  • Election Forecast and Analysis
  • U.S. Current Events
  • Media and Journalism

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corporations
  • Lecture Series
  • The Professional Services Industry

Paul Begala offers a witty and highly informed perspective on politics, media, and today’s headlines.

Paul Begala is a political commentator, a professor of public policy, an author, and political strategist.

He is a commentator for CNN, where he is part of the political team that has won both an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. In addition to appearing on-air, Paul writes commentary for CNN, and, with over 200,000 Twitter followers, he has a robust social media presence as well.

Begala is the author of six books about politics, several of which were New York Times bestsellers. In the 1990’s he helped his friend John F. Kennedy, Jr. launch the political magazine George and wrote the "Capitol Hillbilly" column. He has taught at three universities: The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught in the School of Journalism; the University of Georgia, where he taught in the School of Law; and Georgetown University, where he has been an Affiliated Professor of Public Policy in the McCourt School of Public Policy for 19 years.

Begala burst on the political scene in 1992 as a senior strategist for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. He served as Counselor to the President in the White House, helping coordinate policy, politics, and media. Before working for Pres. Clinton, Begala worked on Capitol Hill and advised campaigns across America. In 2012 he played a crucial role in the Obama-Biden re-election campaign. He has also done campaign work overseas, including in Israel, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Former President Bill Clinton described his longtime friend and former aide as, "a witty dynamo from Sugar Land, Texas...who brought energy, focus and credibility to our efforts."

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Paul Begala's Speech Topics

Politics Today: Show Business for Ugly People

We have never had a less predictable, more volatile political climate than today. Paul Begala analyzes these tumultuous times with humor, insider knowledge, and deep experience.

Drawing on his service at the highest levels of government, as well as having taught at three universities and now working in the media, Begala brings a historical perspective to today’s political news. A regular on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” he also brings a strong dose of wit and humor to all his speeches.

As a political strategist, Begala describes how to win. But as a citizen and former senior White House official, he never loses sight of what unites us as Americans.

Anything They Throw At You: How Cutting-Edge Political Communications Techniques Can Help You Win

A legendary political strategist, Paul Begala masterminded campaigns for the top leaders in government and corporate America. With his proven methods, he knows how to win over one of the toughest audiences in the world - the American public. Now, organizations can put these winning strategies at work for them. Begala provides audiences direction for crafting winning communications—which will appeal to even the most skeptical of audiences—in both business and personal life. He brings your audience proven tactics and techniques for communications success, and gives them specific strategies for getting their message across.

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