Politics & Pandemics (with David Plouffe)

Show Notes


In this episode of Stay Tuned, “ Politics & Pandemics,” Preet answers listener questions about:

— The Trump administration’s response to the growing coronavirus crisis

— Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year sentence on two charges of felony sex crimes

— The House’s investigative activity since the conclusion of President Trump’s impeachment

— Lee Harvey Oswald, the “alleged” JFK assassin

The guest is David Plouffe, author of A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump and the accompanying YA book Ripples of Hope: Your Guide to Electing a New President. Plouffe served as campaign manager for Barack Obama’s transformative 2008 presidential run and as Senior Advisor to President Obama from 2011-2013. Since September 2019, Plouffe has hosted the Campaign HQ podcast, where he interviews campaign managers, consultants, and political veterans like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. He lives in San Francisco, where he has played crucial roles in the growth of Uber and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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  • “Nadler seeks interviews with prosecutors who quit Roger Stone case,” Politico, 2/28/20
  • “Court Rules Congress Cannot Sue to Force Executive Branch Officials to Testify,” New York Times, 2/28/20
  • House Committee on Oversight and Reform: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response, 3/11/20
  • “Republicans’ various election-year investigations of Joe Biden, Burisma and Democrats, explained,” Washington Post, 3/9/20
  • “John Bolton’s book has been delayed until May due to White House review,” CNN, 3/3/20



  • “Harvey Weinstein Is Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison,” New York Times, 3/11/20
  • “‘I Literally Cried’: Weinstein Accusers React to Rapist’s 23-Year Prison Sentence,” Vanity Fair, 3/11/20



OBAMA 2008

  • “A Wizard of Odds Steers Obama’s Campaign,” Chicago Tribune6/9/2008
  • “One of These Men Changed Politics Forever,” Esquire, 3/1/2009
  • “Charting McCain’s Suspended Campaign,” NPR, 9/25/2008
  • “Angry White House Meeting Roils Bailout Talks,” Reuters, 9/26/2008
  • First 2008 Democratic Debate Transcript, New York Times9/26/2008
  • “Obama Might Keep Paulson,” POLITICO, 9/21/2008
  • “Battle Plans: How Obama Won,” New Yorker, 11/8/2008

OBAMA 2012

  • “David Plouffe, Obama’s Whiz Kid, Returns to the White House,” Daily Beast, 1/7/2011
  • “For a Top Obama Advisor, New Strategy and Old Doubts,” Washington Post, 9/27/2011
  • “From Knife Seller to the President’s Hard Edge,” New York Times, 2/20/2012


  • Plouffe on Amanpour, CNN International3/4/2020
  • Plouffe on Fox and Friends, Fox News, 3/5/2020
  • “The Worst Prognosticator of 2016 Makes a 2020 Comeback,” POLITICO, 3/3/20
  • “The Ticket: Beating Donald Trump, With David Plouffe,” Atlantic, 3/6/2020
  • “Trump’s denialist tweets are the coronavirus reaction we feared,” Vox, 3/9/2020


  • “Delaware Rivals Join To Bury the Hatchet,” New York Times, 11/8/1988
  • “With Biden Next Up to Debate, Obama’s Aides Plan Comeback,” New York Times, 10/7/2012
  • Biden Town Hall, CNN, 2/10/2020
  • Plouffe Tweet about Trump and Biden, Twitter, 3/4/2020
  • “Joe Biden’s secret governing plan,” Axios, 3/9/2020
  • “Johnson is Nominated for Vice President; Kennedy Picks Him to Placate the South,” New York Times, 7/15/1960
  • “It Should Have Been Gephardt,” New York Post, 11/4/2004
  • “Trump-Biden fracas shows how social media gets mired in fact-check battles,” POLITICO, 3/10/2020