The Campaign Tapes

The Campaign Tapes gives you an insider’s perspective on US Presidential campaign politics from the campaign managers, strategists, White House staff and the candidates themselves.

The interviews are conducted by US Studies Centre Research Associate John Barron, who as a journalist at the ABC and commercial media covered Presidential campaigns for almost 20 years. John is the author of the acclaimed book Vote For Me! about the 2008 Presidential campaign, following the candidates from the earliest days of small town retail politics right through to election night in Chicago. He also co-produced the documentary film First Stop, Iowa which has screened in Australia and the United States and traced the election of Barack Obama back to the violence of the late 1960s.


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Tom Vilsack


Tom Vilsack
Democratic Presidential candidate 2008

Shirley MacLaine, Warren Beatty and George McGovern


Shirley MacLaine
A lifelong Democrat who performed at John F. Kennedy's 1961 Presidential Gala and campaigned for both Senator Robert Kennedy and Senator George McGovern's presidential bids.

Ben Self


Ben Self
Social network campaign expert on Barack Obama's 2008 campaign and Howard Dean's 2004 campaign.


More interviews:

Mike Huckabee


Eric Woolson
Campaign manager for Mike Huckabee in 2008 and George W. Bush's Iowa Caucus campaign in 2000

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Senator George McGovern
Democratic Presidential nominee 1972

Gary Bauer  

Gary Bauer
Republican Presidential candidate 2000

Bob Shrum  

Robert M. "Bob" Shrum
Presidential campaign manager for Al Gore, 2000 and John Kerry, 2004

Whit Ayres

   Whit Ayres

Leading Republican political consultant and pollster

 Jody Powell on the cover of Rolling Stone  

Joseph Lester “Jody” Powell
Press Secretary and spokesman for Jimmy Carter

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Governor Michael S. Dukakis

1988 Democratic Presidential nominee

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Patrick J. Buchanan
Republican Presidential candidate 1992, 1996, Reform Party candidate 2000


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Joe Trippi

Joe Trippi
Campaign Manager for
Howard Dean '04 and
John Edwards '08