The Most Prominent American Political Consultant
Probably the most prominent American political consultant, Dick Morris is almost universally credited with piloting Bill Clinton to a stunning comeback re-election victory in 1996 after the president lost Congress to the Republican two years before. Called “the most influential private citizen in America” by Time Magazine Morris helped steer Clinton to the center and away from the liberal policies he had pursued in his first two years in office. Morris is also credited with advising Clinton to sign the welfare reform bill of 1996 and getting him to back a balanced budget, both key centrist positions.
Morris began his relationship with Clinton in 1977 when he handled the Arkansas Attorney General’s successful campaign to become the youngest Governor in the nation. Morris did not work on Clinton’s defeat for re-election in 1980 but did oversee his comeback victory in 1982 as well as his Arkansas re-election victories in 1984, 86, and 1990.
In addition to Clinton, Morris has handled the winning campaigns for more than 30 Senators or Governors including Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and former Governors Bill Weld of Massachusetts and Pete Wilson of California.
In recent years, Morris has turned to foreign campaigns and served as chief strategist for Mexico’s reformer Vicente Fox in his upset victory in July, 2000 over the PRI after the party had ruled the nation for 71 years. He also was the chief strategist for the winning campaigns of Fernando de la Rua (Argentina), Jorge Battle (Uruguay), Chen (Taiwan) and, most recently, for Viktor Yushchenko, the Ukrainian presidential candidate who was poisoned during his campaign. He also handled the winning campaign for the new president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.
In the United States, Morris has become a familiar political commentator. He is well known for hard hitting, nonpartisan, objective commentary about the U.S. political scene. He posts daily columns & videos on his website DickMorris.com and and writes weekly columns for The Hill Magazine in Washington DC.
He has written 17 books, many of which have reached the New York Times bestsellers list. His most recent best seller, written with his wife, Eileen McGann, is Power Grab: Obama’s Dangerous Plan for a One Party Nation.
He lives with his wife of 30 years, Eileen McGann in Florida.