Ron Christie

He recently served as a Resident Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics for the Fall 2011 term at Harvard University. From 2002 to 2004, he was Acting Director of USA Freedom Corps and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He began service at the White House in 2001 as deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy, advising the Vice President on policy initiatives in health care, budget, tax and other policy areas.

Ron Christie is Founder and CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, a communications and issues management firm in Washington, D.C. He presently on Christie is Founder and CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, a full-service communications and issues management firm in the Washington, D.C area.  

A native of Palo Alto, California, he received his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center. Christie has served as an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Advocacy at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He has also taught a course on strategic advocacy at his alma mater, Haverford College, where he was appointed a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science in 2009 and 2011. Also an author, Christie has published two books (Black in the White House/Acting White: The Curious History of a Racial Slur) and will publish a new title examining the role of race and politics in the era of Obama in September 2012 with St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

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As Sen. Ted Cruz Enters Hour 16, The GOP's In-Fighting Worries Some Republicans

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seantor Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster against funding Obamacare lasted through this morning—his marathon entered its 15th hour at 4:41 a.m. ET and there was still no end in sight. Ron Christie is a Republican Strategist and former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Ben Domenech is Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute and publisher of The Federalist. They debate the pros and cons of Senator Cruz's strategy. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich fills us in on what the GOP's next move might be.

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ROUND-TABLE: Is The Zimmerman Ruling About Race or the Justice System?

Monday, July 15, 2013

What is the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman story really about? Does it show the strength of our justice system and belief in our institutions, or the weakness of those institutions? Or is it just about race? The Takeaway hosts a round-table discussion with Rich Benjamin, author of “Searching for Whitopia” and senior fellow at Demos; Avis Jones-DeWeever, host of the nationally-syndicated radio show, Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever; and Republican strategist Ron Christie, to get at heart of these issues.

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SCOTUS Decisions Bring Landmark Change

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It may be hard to believe, but just one month ago, the United States was a very different place to live. There were historic Supreme Court decisions out on affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage, but there were also other decisions issued that some may have missed. Contributing their thoughts are Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, Farai Chideya, distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute, and Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, and President of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.


President Obama's Civil Rights Report Card

Monday, January 21, 2013

In the midst of all of today's pageantry, it's worth taking a step back and looking at what President Obama has done with his first term, especially when it comes to civil rights. Jared Ball is associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University. Ron Christie is a Republican political strategist.

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Reacting to Election Results

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The results are in, but what’s next for the country? The Takeaway's panel of political and cultural experts reacts to the results. Jeff Yang writes the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal, Ron Christie is a Republican political strategist, and Farai Chideya  is a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute.

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An Argument for Why Obama's Election Was a Step Backward for Race Relations

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ron Christie, former special assistant to President George W. Bush, argues in a new book that President Obama and other black leaders have taken us a step backwards on race relations, with what he describes as "self-segregating" ideas.

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Follow Friday: The Democratic National Convention

Friday, September 07, 2012

As the Democratic National Convention wrapped up last night with President Barack Obama accepting his Party's nomination, Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican strategist, and Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and Truman Capote Law and Media fellow at Yale Law School, reflect on the DNC, and look ahead to November. 


How Effective Was Paul Ryan's Convention Address?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan headlined the Republican National Convention last night. Ryan is considered by many to be the face and brains of the party’s political course. His pick as VP was seen as an attempt to energize voters and a way to shore up conservative support for Mitt Romney, who some Republicans find too moderate.

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Follow Friday: Romney Picks Ryan, Escalating Attack Ads, and More Campaign News

Friday, August 17, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway reflects on the week that was in Follow Friday. This week, Farai Chideya, distinguished writer-in-residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute and Ron Christie, Republican political strategist and Takeaway contributor, discuss the week's political headlines.

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Looking at the Romney-Ryan Ticket

Monday, August 13, 2012

What are the political consequence of having Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket? How will it make a difference in November?


Follow Friday: Aurora, Romney in London and the Olympics

Friday, July 27, 2012

For this week's Follow Friday, we look back on this week's news and cultural stories, including the response to the theater shooting in Aurora, Mitt Romney's foreign policy, President Obama in New Orleans and the beginning of the Olympics.

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Friday Follow with Ron Christie and Jeff Yang

Friday, July 20, 2012

Every Friday The Takeaway takes a look back at this week’s big stories. From the politics of basketball to the ongoing battle between Republicans and Democrats, this week was full of tension.


Follow Friday: Romney and Biden Address NAACP

Friday, July 13, 2012

Our Follow Friday team discusses the top stories of the past week, including Romney and Biden's speeches to the NAACP, the Obamacare repeal in the House, and building tensions over the Texas Voting Rights Act.

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Romney Attempts to Woo NAACP

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mitt Romney spoke to the NAACP at their national meeting in Houston, Texas, yesterday, and received mixed reviews. Could this be one of the worst moments on the Romney campaign trail? Or one of the best?

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Romney Changes Message on Obamacare

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Earlier this week, a top Romney advisor told MSNBC that his candidate still did not think of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty as a tax. Yesterday, Romney said during an interview with CBS News that he must accept the court's ruling that it is a tax. Why did the Romney campaign change their tune?

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This Week's Movie Releases: "Rock of Ages"

Friday, June 15, 2012

It’s Friday, when our Movie Date podcast team tells us which film releases are worth a night out. This week’s big release is “Rock of Ages,” the all-star love letter to 1980s hair metal.


Ron Christie: The Week in Politics and HBO's "41"

Friday, June 15, 2012

After a week filled with political stumping across the country, new numbers that show political fundraising is set to go into the billions, and two major addresses yesterday on the economy, we review the week with Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. Ron also reviews HBO's documentary "41," an intimate look at the life of George H.W. Bush.

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Follow Friday: Unemployment, Romney's Nomination, DOMA

Friday, June 01, 2012

This week, our Follow Friday panel includes Jeff Yang, author of the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and blogger for WNYC's It's a Free Country, and Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. Ron and Jeff discuss the unemployment numbers for May, Mitt Romney clinching the Republican nomination and where his campaign goes from here, the Circuit Court decision holding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and President Obama's "Kill List."


Gearing Up for General Election, Romney and Obama Race to Define Their Campaigns

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Right now, we’re at the crucial phase in the general election season where both leading candidates for president are looking to define themselves and the presidential race before their opponent does it for them. So where do we stand on presidential campaign definitions? Molly Ball, staff writer for The Atlantic, and Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican strategist, break it down.

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Follow Friday: Facebook, JPMorgan, Layoffs, Attack Ads, and Fair Punishment

Friday, May 25, 2012

Our panel of social, political and pop-cultural experts to tell us about the stories you may have missed this week.

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