Cozen O’Connor: 2016 Elections

2016 Elections

Election Coverage and Insights from Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies - Election Day is Almost Here!

With the 2016 general election quickly approaching, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies (CPS) professionals are remaining on the frontlines of the ever-changing developments, bringing their unique understanding of politics inside and outside the beltway to this often unpredictable election cycle. 

Recent Media Appearances

Mark Alderman discusses Trump's allegations of voter fraud on Fox Business News

Blake Rutherford discusses recent campaign developments Fox Business News' "Making Money with Charles Payne"

Howard Schweitzer publishes op-ed in Forbes, “Donald Trump's Deal Of A Lifetime,” about the relationship between business and government

Mark Alderman published an op-ed in The Daily Beast“Confessions of an Elector: Only 270 Voters Really Get To Decide Who Our Next President Will Be

In addition to a variety of media appearances on Fox Business News, CNN, Politico, Forbes, and NBC10's Political Punchouts, CPS has also launched a new podcast, Road to the Oval Office, which brings you timely and fresh analysis from both sides of the aisle. In lively conversations moderated by Blake Rutherford, a member of Hillary for America Pennsylvania Finance Council, Democratic Strategist Mark Alderman and former Treasury Department senior official Howard Schweitzer dissect the race, the candidates, and controversies surrounding both campaigns. For new and past episodes, subscribe on iTunes® or SoundCloud®. The discussions can also be heard live from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET on the below dates by calling into 1-800-769-9015.

Upcoming Episodes/Live Calls

  • Monday, November 10: Election results

Recent Episodes

November 3: Tuesday, November 3 
Deep-dive on state of the race (live in Philadelphia)

October 31: Clinton Emails Investigation Aftermath
Impact of the weekend's news cycle on the electoral map and down ballot races

October 20: Final Debate and Look Ahead
Third debate analysis, tight Senate races, and predictions on first 100 days

October 10: Trump v. Clinton Round Two
Second debate analysis

October 5: One-month countdown
VP debate analysis and second presidential debate preview

September 27: First Debate Recap
Breakdown and analysis of the much anticipated first debate

September 22: The Race Tightens
Where do the candidates stand before the first debate?

September 9: Two-month countdown to Election Day
Recap of the summer on campaign trail and preview of what's to come before the first debate

July 25-28Live from the DNC
Daily real-time updates from Philadelphia

July 19Live from the RNC
Live update from developments unfolding in Cleveland.

July 13Presidential Conventions Preview
Preview of the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions.

 


Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies – Live at the Presidential Conventions

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies professionals played a significant and active role at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, attending the conventions, appearing on local and national media, hosting events, and providing commentary on the activity that unfolded in Philadelphia and Cleveland.

To see our coverage and impressions from the RNC, view our "Political Punchout" appearances with NBC10, OZY Facebook LIVEHaus Rules and The Jim Bohannon Show.

At the DNC, in addition to holding several high-profile events, including our lunch series (pictured below), at our One Liberty Place office, our professionals attended many of the exclusive convention and host committee events, and offered their seasoned insight to various media networks. This included appearances and mentions on Fox Business News, OZY on Facebook LIVE, Newsmax Prime, various top radio shows around the country as well as in USA Today and CNN.com. Mark and Republican strategist Jim Schultz also participating in nightly special called "Political Punchout" with NBC10 Philadelphia, live from the Wells Fargo Center, recapping the day’s events and adding their analysis and commentary in politically charged discussions. Blake also served as an elected delegate for Pennsylvania's 1st Congressional District. 

We were proud to be joined by the following prominent journalists, political analysts and advisers for our three-part DNC Lunch Series:

   

Chris Matthews from MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews"

  

Jonathan Martin, best-selling author and national political correspondent for The New York Times and Sasha Issenberg, author and contributor for Slate, The New York Times and the Boston Globe

  

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, III, former White House chief of staff, counselor to the president, and special envoy for the Americas under President Bill Clinton

 

 

Publications

Confessions of an Elector: Only 270 Voters Really Get To Decide Who Our Next President Will Be [The Daily Beast]

October 17, 2016

Mark Alderman published an Op-Ed in The Daily Beast, "Confessions of an Elector: Only 270 Voters Really Get To Decide Who Our Next President Will Be."

Donald Trump's Deal Of A Lifetime [Forbes]

October 13, 2016

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, published an op-ed in Forbes, “Donald Trump's Deal Of A Lifetime,” about the relationship between business and government.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Second Presidential Debate Analysis

October 10, 2016

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, Howard Schweitzer, Jim Schultz analyzed the candidates' performance and impact on the remaining 29 critical days of the race.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: VP Debate and One-Month Countdown

October 05, 2016

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer discussed the VP debate and state of the race with a little more than one month left in this election season.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: First Debate Analysis

September 27, 2016

Following the first debate, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford analyzed the candidates' performance and discussed next steps on the campaign trail.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: The Race Tightens

September 22, 2016

Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford discussed the current status of both campaigns and previewed the first presidential debate.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Two-Month Countdown to Election Day

September 09, 2016

With the 2016 presidential election only two months away, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer discussed the effects of the summer's developments on both campaigns.

7 Reasons Why Trump Would Hate Being President [Politico]

August 30, 2016

Howard Schweitzer writes about how Donald Trump may actually feel about the duties and restrictions of being POTUS.

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day Four/July 28

July 28, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer recap President Obama's speech and discuss Hillary Clinton's speech on the last evening of the DNC (July 28).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day Three/July 27

July 27, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer discuss Bernie Sanders' official endorsement and President Clinton's speech from the previous evening. They also preview day three of the DNC (July 27).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day Two/July 26

July 26, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer recap Michelle Obama's speech and provide an update on developments they foresee unfolding on day two of the Democratic National Convention (July 26).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day One/July 25

July 25, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer recap the RNC and provide an update on developments they foresee unfolding on day one of the Democratic National Convention (July 25).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the RNC – July 19

July 19, 2016

Live from Cleveland, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Jim Schultz provide an update on developments unfolding at the Republican National Convention.

Four Surprises to Watch for at the Democratic Convention [The Hill]

July 14, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses potential surprises that may emerge from the Democratic National Convention in The Hill.

Road to the Oval Office: Conventions Preview – July 13

July 13, 2016

Mark, Howard, and Blake preview the RNC and DNC and discuss how they see the conventions unfolding.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The California Primary

June 08, 2016

Mark, Howard, and Blake discuss the results of the California primary.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The Democratic Race Winds Down

May 24, 2016

Mark, Howard and Blake discuss the state of the Democratic race. Also, Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, co-chairs of Cozen O'Connor's State AG practice, discuss the State AG races.

Donald Trump’s Incoherent Positions are Part of His Master Plan [Fortune]

May 13, 2016

Mark Alderman and Howard Schweitzer discuss Donald Trump's unpredictability as a political strategy in Fortune.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The Presumptive Nominees

May 10, 2016

Mark, Howard and Blake discuss the presumptive nomination of Donald Trump, the Veepstakes, and the impact of a prolonged primary on the Democrats.

Sealing the Deal: Imagining a Trump Transition [The Daily Caller]

May 03, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses the importance of building an experienced transition team within the Trump campaign in The Daily Caller.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: PA Primary Recap

April 27, 2016

Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford discuss the Pennsylvania presidential primary results and other key state races for Senate, Attorney General and more.

What Hillary Could Learn from Jimmy Carter [The Washington Examiner]

April 15, 2016

Mark Alderman offers three key considerations for Hillary as the Democratic National Convention approaches.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

In The News

Concerns about Trump’s Pick for Secretary of State

December 13, 2016

Howard Schweitzer was featured on CNNI’s “CNN Today” to speak about the Trump transition and the president-elect’s latest selections for his cabinet.

Mark Alderman Quoted in CNN Article about Trump’s Remarks on Free Speech [CNN]

November 30, 2016

Mark Alderman appeared in a CNN article, "Trump takes aim at First Amendment.”

A Deep Dive into Trump's Presidential Transition Process [CCTV News]

November 21, 2016

Howard Schweitzer appeared on CCTV News’ “World Insight” to discuss the transition into a Trump presidency.

Donald Trump’s Team of Bitter Rivals [CNN]

November 16, 2016

Howard Schweitzer was featured in a CNN article, "Donald Trump’s team of bitter rivals.”

A Look at the Complexities of the Presidential Transition Process [CNN]

November 15, 2016

Howard Schweitzer appeared on “CNN Newsroom” with Brooke Baldwin to discuss President-elect Trump’s transition into the White House, as well as his possible administration picks.

Howard Schweitzer Quoted by CNN on Trump's National Security Approach

November 11, 2016

Howard Schweitzer comments on the president-elect's potential national security policy and team.

Transition Team and Planning Key to President-Elect Trump's Success

November 10, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses President-Elect Trump's transition team with Sirius XM's Arlene Bynon.

Howard Schweitzer Offers Reaction to Philadelphia Business Journal about Trump's Victory

November 09, 2016

Howard Schweitzer offers his reaction to the Philadelphia Business Journal about Trump's victory.

Predictions about Election Results Vary as Polls Tighten [Fox Business News]

November 05, 2016

While appearing on Fox Business News’ “Making Money with Charles Payne,” Mark Alderman talked about Donald Trump’s chances for victory in the final days before the election.

Tightening Polls Make It Hard to Predict Election Results [Fox Business News]

November 02, 2016

Mark Alderman appeared on Fox Business News’ “Making Money with Charles Payne” to talk about the polls in the days leading up to the presidential election.

Trump Slams Voter Fraud and Media Bias in Days Leading Up to Election [Fox Business News]

October 27, 2016

Mark Alderman appeared on Fox News' "Making Money with Charles Payne to discuss Donald Trump’s criticism of America’s democratic system.

Clinton Wins the First Debate But Upcoming Debates are of Equal Importance [Fox Business News]

September 27, 2016

Mark Alderman discussed the candidates' performance in the first debate on "Making Money with Charles Payne" on Fox Business News.

Clinton Email Issues Overstated Again with Immunity Deal [Fox Business News]

September 23, 2016

Blake Rutherford joined "Making Money with Charles Payne" on Fox Business News to discuss the Cheryl Mills immunity deal and the imminent first debate.

Political Punchout: The 'Deplorables' Controversy [NBC10]

September 13, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz debate the week’s highlights from the topsy-turvy presidential campaign, focusing on Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” statement.

Clinton's Polling Lead and Trump's Pennsylvania Prerogative [Fox Business News]

September 12, 2016

Mark Alderman appeared on Fox News’ “After the Bell” to discuss the candidates’ standings and newly emerging battleground states.

Bureaucracy, Congress and Other Presidential Obligations Not Suited for Trump [SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel]

August 31, 2016

Howard Schweitzer joined the Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel to discuss whether Donald Trump genuinely wants to be president, and if he were to win the election, how would he really tackle the job.

Trump Wants the POTUS Job Title But Not the Actual Job [CNN]

August 30, 2016

Howard Schweitzer appeared on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to discuss his recently published op-ed in Politico, "7 Reasons Why Trump Would Hate Being President."

Final Political Punchout: Anticipating Hillary's Speech [NBC10]

July 29, 2016

Jim Schultz and Mark Alderman discuss what Hilary needs to accomplish in her acceptance speech during the DNC.

Gotham City vs. Reaganesque Optimism [US News]

July 29, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses the contrasting portrayals of the United States depicted by the Republicans and Democrats during their respective conventions with US News.

The Biggest Speeches at the Democratic National Convention

July 26, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, discusses the Democratic National Convention’s biggest speakers on After the Bell

Day One at the DNC

July 25, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses the first day of the DNC on Newsmax Prime.

Political Analysts Breakdown the DNC

July 25, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, and Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Government Law & Regulatory practice discuss day one of the DNC.

Donald Trump's America: Scary But Fixable

July 22, 2016

Mark Alderman, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies, discusses Donald Trump's America on CNN Politics.

Cozen O'Connor Plays Active Role in DNC Events in Philadelphia

July 22, 2016

Cozen O'Connor's events and participation in the Democratic National Convention is highlighted by Law360

To Endorse or Not To Endorse: Ted Cruz’s Decision

July 21, 2016

Jim Schultz discusses Ted Cruz’s decision not to endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on NBC10 News.

Political Punchouts: Analysts Break Down Day Three of the RNC

July 21, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, and Jim Schultz, chair of the Government Law and Regulatory Affairs, discuss the Republican National Convention on NBC10.

Trump: The Most Unconventional Candidate at a Modern Day Convention

July 20, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses his impressions in Cleveland on day two of the convention and discusses Trump's candidacy with Haus Rules radio show.

Convention Impressions and Trump's Long-Term Effect on the Republican Party [OZY on Facebook LIVE]

July 20, 2016

Howard Schweitzer and Mark Alderman share their perspective on the Republican convention and comment on the candidates' strategies.

Political Punchout: Melania’s Republican National Convention Speech

July 20, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz discuss Melania's speech at the Republican National Convention on NBC10 News.

Political Punchout: Day One of the Republican National Convention

July 19, 2016

Mark Aldermand and Jim Schultz discuss day one of the Republican National Convention in their

Trump Further Disgruntles Wall Street with Latest Policy Proposal [Washington Post]

July 19, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses the inclusion of the historically anti-Wall Street 1933 Glass-Steagall Act in the GOP platform with the Washington Post.

Cozen O’Connor Hosting Events at Both Conventions

July 18, 2016

In addition to the reception in the Philadelphia, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies will host a series of lunch time “fire-side” chats with political insiders during the DNC.

The Bernie Sanders Effect and Potential Violence in Cleveland

July 14, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses Bernie Sanders' influence on the Democratic Party and how the open carry rule may play out in Cleveland.

Who is the Front Runner for Trump's VP?

July 13, 2016

Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Government Law and Regulatory Affairs practice group, discusses who Trump's VP picks could be on NBC10.

Mark Alderman Comments on the President's Tribute to Dallas Police and the Sanders Endorsement

July 12, 2016

Mark Alderman discussed President Obama’s response to the tragedy in Dallas and then reacts to Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hilary Clinton on the Fox Business Network.

Bernie Sanders Bows Out and Next Steps for the Democratic Ticket

July 12, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses Bernie Sanders endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the ensuing opportunities, and the dynamic of the Democratic convention on Sirius XM's POTUS Politics.

Pre-Conventions "Political Punchout" and Trump's Imminent VP Announcement

July 11, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz have the latest on the race for president, including Trump's plan to announce a possible running mate.

Real Issues or Political Posturing? US's "Brexit" and Clinton Controversies

June 27, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz discuss Brexit and two controversies surrounding Hilary Clinton on NBC10 news.

Will Firing His Campaign Manager Help or Hurt the Trump Campaign?

June 20, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz discuss presidential polling and a change up in the Trump campaign on NBC10 news.

The Impact of Orlando's Tragedy on the 2016 Presidential Election

June 14, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz appear on NBC10 news to discuss the tragedy in Orlando and its impact on the 2016 presidential election.

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz Debate Presidential Politics on NBC10 News

June 07, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz evaluate the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominees on NBC10 news.

Mark Alderman Discusses the Sanders Campaign’s Future on After the Bell

June 06, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses the Sanders campaign's future and persistence on After the Bell.

Mark Alderman Discusses Clinton’s Media Woes in U.S. News & World Report

June 06, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses Clinton's media woes in a U.S. News & World Report article titled, "Clinton Can't Win for Losing."

Howard Schweitzer Discusses the U.S. State Department Report on POTUS Politics

June 01, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses the most recent U.S. State Department report about Hillary Clinton’s emails on POTUS Politics radio show.

Mark Alderman Discusses the California Primary on CNBC

May 31, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses the upcoming California primary on CNBC.

Howard Schweitzer Says Clinton Emails Are Wholly Different Than Predecessors

May 31, 2016

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, discusses the latest developments regarding Hillary’s emails.

Mark Alderman Discusses A Third Party Candidate on After the Bell

May 31, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, discusses the prospect of a third-party candidate from the Libertarian Party on After the Bell

Mark Alderman Discusses Allegations Against Governor McAuliffe

May 25, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, discusses allegations against Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on One American News Network.

Mark Alderman Says Trump is an Advantage for Democrats

May 24, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, says Trump is an advantage for Democrats.

Mark Alderman Says Bernie Sanders Is Running Out of Time in U.S. News & World Report

May 18, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses the ticking clock for the Sanders campaign in U.S. News & World Report.

Mark Alderman Says Sanders Campaign Needs to Move On

May 18, 2016

Mark Alderman tells the Boston Herald that the protracted Sanders campaign is taking a toll on the Democratic party.

Mark Alderman Discusses the Uncivil War Amongst Democrats

May 18, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses the uncivil war erupting within the Democratic Party's ranks in the Charlotte Observer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Howard Schweitzer Discusses the Latest Obamacare Ruling and Trump Research on Newsmax Prime

May 12, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses the latest ruling on Obamacare and The Washington Post's research on Donald Trump on Newsmax Prime.

Mark Alderman Discusses the Political Response to Donald Trump on Newsmax Prime

May 11, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses the political responses to Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee on Newsmax Prime.

Howard Schweitzer Discusses Indiana’s Primary Race

May 02, 2016

Howard Schweitzer discusses the Republican presidential primary race in Indiana on the Fort Wayne Morning News radio program.

Mark Alderman Returns to After the Bell to Discuss the New York Primary Results

April 20, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses the results of the New York primary on After the Bell.

Mark Alderman Discusses the New York Democratic Primary on After the Bell

April 14, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses the New York democratic primary race on Fox Business Network's After the Bell.

Mark Alderman Discusses Paul Ryan’s Disinterest in GOP Nomination

April 12, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses the unlikeliness of Speaker Paul Ryan joining the Republican presidential nomination contest.

Mark Alderman Discusses the Democratic Primary in Wisconsin

April 08, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies, discusses the Democratic primary in Wisconsin on Fox News.

Mark Alderman Analyzes Voter Impressions on Newsmax Prime

March 23, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses the way voters are reacting to the various presidential primary campaigns on Newsmax Prime.

Mark Alderman Discusses the Presidential Election on Fox Business

March 18, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses the presidential election on Fox Business.

Mark Alderman Discusses the Primary Campaigns on Newsmax Prime

March 16, 2016

Mark Alderman discusses the Republican and Democratic presidential primary races on Newsmax Prime.