'PostTalk' Turns One!
One year ago today, washingtonpost.com launched "PostTalk," a web video interview program with politicians, strategists and other newsmakers.
Our first guest was Sen. Joseph Biden (Del.), the veteran Democrat who was mounting his very long-shot bid for his party's presidential nomination. With his long political career, the one-time boy wonder of Delaware politics brought a wonderful perspective to assessing the then-cluttered field of Democratic candidates.
Asked by my co-host, Dan Balz, how the campaign compared with the 1988 campaign, in which he also ran in, Biden readily acknowledged the awesome challenge of running against two high-powered Democrats, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Biden, 65, lamented that he was once "the guy with charisma" but that "Now I'm the old guy who is qualified."
Biden was prescient in how he saw the campaign shaping up, as those two charismatic senators, Obama and Clinton, are the last two standing in the Democratic primary battle. In all, we sat down with seven presidential candidates in the past year -- including Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) just days before his comeback win in New Hampshire's primary -- as well as many of the great mentioned for vice president this fall.
We didn't limit ourselves just to the presidential race, however. We chatted with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).
McConnell, up for re-election in November, worried about the Bush Administration's long term strategy in Iraq while Hoyer, an undecided superdelegate, acknowledged that the extended primary fight between Clinton (N.Y.) and Obama (Ill.) could damage the party in the fall.
And, we even got a chance to chat with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in one of the last interviews he gave before a sex scandal forced him from office.
All in all, it was a busy year. But, with the most-watched presidential race in modern history on the horizon, the battle for control of the House and Senate well underway and the certainty of a new Administration next January, the second year of "PostTalk" starts with real promise.
Here's a video retrospective on the year that was:
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