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Robert Guttman
Robert J. Guttman teaches courses on politics, the media and foreign policy at the Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Government in Washington, DC. He also teaches at The George Washington University.

He was the Director of the Center on Politics & Foreign Relations (CPFR) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. where he co-hosted a series of conferences on politics and foreign policy with the Financial Times newspaper group.

Previously, he was editor-in-chief of TransAtlantic: Europe, America & the World, at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. As editor-in-chief of TransAtlantic Magazine, Guttman gave talks on EU-US relations to interested groups in the United States and Europe.

From 1989 to 2003, Guttman was head of publications for the European Commission office in Washington, D.C. and editor-in-chief of Europe Magazine. He is the author/editor of the book Europe in the New Century: Visions of an Emerging Superpower published in 2001.

Guttman has been an adjunct professor of political communications at The George Washington University and an adjunct professor of American politics and communications at The American University in Washington, D.C.

From 1979 to 1989 Guttman was editor-in-chief, president and publisher of a company he founded, Political Profiles, Inc. Political Profiles published the first magazine in the world on presidential candidate George Bush in 1979. The company published presidential profiles on all the major candidates for president in 1980, 1984, and 1988. In addition, Guttman wrote the Political Profiles Report, a newsletter on national and international politics featuring in-depth interviews with world leaders.

Guttman tried to capture the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate from Indiana in 1986. He has been a writer/researcher for presidential candidates in 1968, 1972 and 1976 and a communications consultant for various national political races.

Guttman, who has a BA degree from Indiana University and an MA degree from The American University has also been an international economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce; a press secretary on Capitol Hill; and a host of a radio program on current affairs. He has been a frequent guest on various radio and TV talk programs, including CNN, CNN International and C-SPAN.

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Virginia Voters: Looking for Thomas Jefferson

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 6:33 PM

Sadly, the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor of Virginia to be decided next month in the country's key off-year election are no Thomas Jefferson.

Few people rise to the status of Virginia's second governor but the GOP candidate Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli and the Democratic candidate former...

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Governor Chris Christie: Would He Overshadow Romney as VP?

(42) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 1:24 PM

"I am a shy, retiring guy," the blunt-spoken governor of New Jersey, jokingly, told an audience at The Brookings Institution on July 9th.

Speaking on the important but rather unexciting topic of "Restoring Fiscal Integrity and Accountability," the governor certainly knows how to impress a crowd with his...

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Primarily, the Primaries Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 1:58 PM

Co-written by Dustin Taylor

Just as we once said good-bye to Michele and Jon and Rick Perry and Rick Santorum and Herman (and before the primaries even began, to Tim Pawlenty), so now we say good-bye to Newt.

Primarily, the primaries work. They weed out the contenders without ideas...

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Sarah Palin: The Perfect VP Choice!

(12) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 2:35 PM

She's back.
She's tan.
She's rested.
And the former Governor of Alaska has even co-hosted a mainstream television show.

Who else has the experience of running for the vice-presidency for the Republicans?
Not one other politician other than Sarah Palin. And she might have some of...

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March Madness: Obama; Afghanistan and GOP Primaries

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2012 | 12:32 PM

First of all, I have a good reason, as a lifelong Democrat, to not want to reelect Obama this fall. No, it has nothing to do with his policies -- domestic or foreign -- or his health care or stimulus or his numerous drone strikes.

No, I may not vote...

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GOP VP Possibilities: How About a Woman From Out West?

(8) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 11:27 AM

As the chaos of this Republican primary season continues, it is important not to forget the possibilities of a vice-presidential running mate for a Romney, Gingrich, Santorum or Paul ticket. Although conservatives have shown a lack of enthusiasm for the current candidates, the strength of the Republican Party for this...

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Democratic Presidential Possibilities: 20 in 2016

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 12:46 PM

President Cuomo. President O'Malley. President Warner. President Beebe.

It may seem strange in the middle of the 2012 presidential contest to be looking ahead four years at names that are not that well-known or known at all to today's voters. But as we know things move quickly in politics.


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New Hampshire: Home of the Comeback Kid. Will It Be Huntsman in 2012?

(5) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 6:44 PM

The Granite State, known for its first in the nation primary, is also known for its role as the home of the "comeback kid" in primaries dating from Senator Gene McCarthy in 1968 to Ronald Reagan's "comeback" in 1980, to 2008 "comebacks" by both Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and...

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Romney: The Right Republican

(42) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 10:24 AM

Romney may not be perfect, but compared to the rest of the GOP pack, he's pretty outstanding. His closest competitor in the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum, doesn't have a strong background that would suggest he could win the general election. As a two-term senator from Pennsylvania, he failed to secure...

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Forget Iowa!

(44) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 3:01 PM

What would American presidential politics look like if there was no primary and caucus system?
What if we had to wait for presidential nominations at the national conventions in late summer and early fall?

The primary system championed by progressive Wisconsin U.S. Senator Robert M. La Follette...

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Please, No More GOP Presidential Debates!

(11) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 5:34 PM

--By Robert J. Guttman & Dustin Taylor

Stop the debates, please! How long are we going to put up with these silly debates? What are we really getting out of these debates? At the end of the day are we going to find any major differences between the candidates?...

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Weak Opponents May Keep Obama in the White House

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 3:09 PM

Luck plays a large role in life and in politics.

President Obama, who has been lucky in his political career from Illinois to the Oval Office, may still have some of that luck hanging around him during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Historically, candidates have not won re-election to the White...

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Texas Two-Step: Is America Ready for President Perry?

(235) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 2:28 PM

First there was Texan Lyndon Baines Johnson back in the 1960s who became a larger than life accidental president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Then there was George Herbert Walker Bush who made the Lone Star State his residence while building a successful oil business. And, of course,...

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Michele Bachmann: America's First Female President?

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 4:30 PM

The Minnesota congresswoman may not be Tom Petty's favorite "American Girl" but she is certainly surging in opinion polls among likely 2012 GOP voters.

The former tax attorney and Republican presidential candidate is stealing the spotlight from her other GOP presidential colleagues as the Waterloo, Iowa native shows strong support...

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How About a Paul-Paul Ticket for 2012?

(18) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 4:00 PM

When I asked Senator Rand Paul at our Johns Hopkins SAIS Center on Politics and Foreign Relations breakfast on June 8th if he would consider running as vice president on a ticket with his father Rep. Ron Paul, his answer was, "I've told people I think that would just be...

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Presidential Possibilities 2012: Why Senator Lindsey Graham Would be Credible GOP Candidate

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 12:56 PM

"Will foreign policy matter in the 2012 presidential race? It could be the issue in 2012," emphasized Senator Lindsey Graham at a speech at our Center on Politics & Foreign Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Relations on April 6.

Saying that most Americans are "war weary" the...

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Republicans: Announce Already! You Can't Beat Somebody with Nobody!

(48) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 4:22 PM

At this point one would have to bet heavily that Barack Obama will be reelected in 2012 to his second term as president.

Where in the world are the people on the Republican side who are going to challenge Obama for the right to sit in the Oval Office starting...

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2012 Campaigns Continue as New Congress Convenes

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 11:59 AM

Congressman John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, for the new 112th Congress exclaims that, "the people voted to end business as usual and today we begin carrying out their instructions... Hard work and tough decisions will be required of the 112th Congress. No longer can we...

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Dearth of Democratic Leaders for Next Decade

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 1:06 PM

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and, of course, Barack Obama are the leading names in the Democratic Party today. But, where in the world are the young, inspiring new leaders for the next decade (or at least through 2012) that will bring fresh ideas, programs and vision...

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Will Obama Face a Democratic Challenger?

(188) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 1:06 PM

It has happened before when sitting presidents have been unpopular.

President Jimmy Carter faced a strong and lengthy challenge for the Oval Office from the late Senator Ted Kennedy in 1980. Kennedy, who was the emotional favorite of the crowd at Madison Square Garden at the Democratic National Convention in...

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