Powerhouse Politics

Powerhouse Politics

United States

Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, Political Director Rick Klein and Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd.

Episodes

Bound  

This week we speak with Republican National Committee member Henry Barbour, a delegate from Mississippi. His first ballot vote at the convention will be bound. On a 2nd ballot, when the choice is his, how will he vote? He says that at times Donald Trump is incoherent. Joining us next is ABC’s Candace Smith who is on the campaign trail with Donald Trump. Is she seeing a new side of the candidate? Matt Dowd suggests a Trump Veep, and we pay homage to music icon Prince.

Rigged  

In a one-on-one interview, Donald Trump tells ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl the election process is rigged. Then ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein explain why he’s right – with exceptions. Trump senior advisor Ed Brookover talks about Trump’s “pivot” to the general election. Plus, former Gov. George Pataki talks New York politics and explains why he favors an open convention.

Wooing  

Is a contested Republican convention a foregone conclusion? Not so fast says Ted Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe. He tells us why Cruz, not Donald Trump, might be the one to wrap up the nomination before Cleveland. Then Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver joins us to explain why it’s the Democrats who may be the ones hosting a contested convention. Finally, we speak with a Republican delegate and ask him what the campaigns are doing to woo him.

Turning Point?  

As the campaign trail rolls through Wisconsin, is now the time Republicans take back their party from Donald Trump? Republican political consultant Mike Murphy, who ran Jeb Bush's political action committee and talk show host Charlie Sykes, one of the most influential conservative voices in Wisconsin, explain why the race is about to shift. Plus former presidential candidate turned Trump surrogate Ben Carson tells us why he thinks Trump is not your typical conservative and who he thinks would make good running mates for the Donald. The names might surprise you.

The Anti-Trump Effort  

This week Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein examine the campaign to stop Donald Trump. Former Marco Rubio campaign manager Terry Sullivan and writer Sasha Issenberg, perhaps the only man on Earth who understands the delegate process, tell us how the GOP can take the nomination away from the Donald – House of Cards style. But the Trump campaign won’t be blindsided. Their strategist Barry Bennett tells us how his team is gearing for a convention fight.

#4: Outraged  

Presidential hopeful John Kasich sounds as animated as you’ve ever heard him. He tells Jonathan Karl in a one-on-one interview that Donald Trump needs to watch his mouth: "He’s not running for presidency of the WWE, he’s running for President of the United States. This kind of language is an outrage." Plus we check in with our reporters who’ve been embedded with the Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigns for the better part of a year. They have the inside scoop on what the candidates are NOT saying.

#3: GOP Ready to Support Donald Trump?  

Will the Republican Party come together to support Donald Trump? Jonathan Karl has intel from party-insiders. Is Marco Rubio’s political career over? One of the most powerful men in the GOP tells us why that may be the case. And was Bernie Sanders' surprising win in Michigan a fluke? Our friends at FiveThirtyEight join us to explain how they got it wrong. --- Follow: Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent (@jonkarl) Rick Klein, ABC News Political Director (@rickklein) Matthew Dowd, ABC News Chief Political Analyst (@matthewjdowd) ABC News Politics (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/) Twitter: @ABCPolitics ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/) Twitter: @ABC

#2: The End of the GOP?  

Are we watching the end of the Republican Party as we know it? Our ABC News team examines that question. We hear from GOP lawmakers who are proudly positioning themselves on both sides of the Trump debate. Plus, we speak with a graduate of Trump University – what’s it like on the inside? Finally, never a day off… we hear what life is like on the campaign trail from our reporter embedded with the Hillary Clinton campaign. --- Follow Us: Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent (@jonkarl) Rick Klein, ABC News Political Director (@rickklein) Matthew Dowd, ABC News Chief Political Analyst (@matthewjdowd) ABC News Politics (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/) Twitter: @ABCPolitics ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/) Twitter: @ABC

#1: The Truth Behind Carson's Fruit Salad  

We take the show on the road this week! Jon catches up with Donald Trump after Thursday night's fiery debate in Houston, Ben Carson tells our own Josh Haskell what he meant by "fruit salad," and former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole makes his own endorsement -- right here on the show! --- Follow Us: Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent (@jonkarl) Rick Klein, ABC News Political Director (@rickklein) Matthew Dowd, ABC News Chief Political Analyst (@matthewjdowd) ABC News Politics (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/) Twitter: @ABCPolitics ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/) Twitter: @ABC

Pilot: February 19, 2016  

Jonathan Karl interviews Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams stops by to discuss the potential legal battle between GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. --- FOLLOW: Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Twitter: @jonkarl Rick Klein, ABC News Political Director Twitter: @rickklein Matt Dowd, Chief Political Analyst Twitter: @matthewjdowd ABC News Politics (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/) Twitter: @ABCPolitics ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/) Twitter: @ABC

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