A recent poll by Republican pollster Bill McInturff shows that over half of those he surveyed oppose the healthcare bills developed by the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats. At a Monitor Breakfast, Mr. McInturff and Former Speaker of House Newt Gingrich sit down with reporters to discuss, among other things, the results of the poll, and what Mr. Gingrich describes as an "attack on insurance companies" by Congressional Democrats.
David Cook is Senior Editor and Washington bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor. He oversees the Monitor's 9-person bureau in the nation's capital, hosts the Monitor's newsmaker breakfasts, and writes for csmonitor.com.
For over 40 years, Monitor breakfasts have brought journalists together with key public officials to talk about the issues of the day in a candid, in-depth fashion. Since their start in 1966, four US presidents, five vice presidents, and countless cabinet and congressional officials have been guests at the 3,600 breakfasts the Monitor has hosted.
When Monitor correspondent Jill Carroll was held captive in Iraq for 82 days in 2006, Cook served as the Monitor's spokesperson and appeared on numerous national broadcasts including "Today," "Nightline," "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and "ABC World News Tonight."
From August 1994 through July 2001, Cook served as editor of The Christian Science Monitor. During his term, the Monitor's print edition was redesigned, csmonitor.com was launched, and the paper won numerous awards including the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.
Previously Cook was editor of Monitor Broadcasting which produced daily radio news programs heard on 200 public radio stations. He also served as managing editor of the Monitor's Emmy award-winning nightly television news program "World Monitor."
His current assignment is Cook's third tour in Washington. During two previous postings in the nation's capital he covered economic policy. He also has been a Detroit-based correspondent for Business Week.
Cook was awarded a Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economic Journalism by Columbia University. He is a graduate of Principia College, attended the Advanced Management Program at Michigan State University, and served in the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Gridiron Club, Washington's oldest journalistic organization, and the father of three grown sons.
Newt Gingrich is former speaker of the US House of Representatives. Now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Gingrich continues to advocate for smaller government and what he terms "fundamental values." He is also the founder and General Chairman of the American Solutions for Winning the Future group. On May 11, 2011, Gingrich announced he will seek the Republican nomination to run against Barack Obama in the 2012 United States Presidential election.
Gingrich is the author of Rediscovering God in America and To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom.
Bill McInturff is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a leading Republican polling company. He was the lead pollster for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Working with Democratic pollster Peter Hart, McInturff is also co-director of the NBC News/Wall Street Journal National Poll.
In addition to its work for major media outlets, Public Opinion Strategies has a wide variety of corporate clients. McInturff is an expert in the field of health care polling where he has completed more than 350 focus groups and more than 80 national surveys, including conducting the polling for the Harry and Louise campaign in 1993 and 94.
McInturff's corporate clients include the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, America's Health Insurance Plans, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Pfizer, Inc., and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich calls Obama's healthcare reform bill "irrational," criticizing the legislation for being introduced and passed without proper governmental oversight and review.