Stephanie Cutter, the deputy campaign manager for President Obama's re-relection campaign, and Kevin Madden, an advisor for Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign, are joining CNN as political commentators, the network's Washington bureau chief Sam Feist announced Wednesday.
The two strategists will appear across the network’s programming including "New Day," the morning show scheduled to launch June 17, the network said in a statement. They frequently made the media rounds during the 2012 campaign, and went head to head with each other on numerous occasions.
CNN's announcement comes after reports that the network was considering bringing back "Crossfire," and was in talks with Cutter about a possible role on the show. In April, the network was reportedly considering reviving the canceled program, and was also in talks with Newt Gingrich about a possible role.
Cutter also recently formed a private consulting firm with two other top Obama aides. “I’ve worked with CNN for many years in the White House, on campaigns and throughout government,” she said via CNN's statement on Wednesday. “They are the best in the business, and I’m thrilled to be joining the CNN team.”
“This is such an exciting time in the national conversation about the direction of our country, with so many Americans looking to CNN for an informed perspective of today’s political debates,” Madden said. “I’m looking forward to bringing my experience of working on national campaigns and Capitol Hill to CNN’s coverage of this national conversation.”