February 10th, 2011

CNN Looks Ahead to 2012 Election Season

Cornell Belcher, Will Cain and Dana Loesch join Best Political Team on Television

CNN is gearing up for the election season with the addition of political contributors from across the ideological spectrum. Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher, conservative commentator Will Cain, and local Tea Party leader and radio talk show host Dana Loesch will appear across the network’s prime time programs, as well as other dayparts and platforms.

“CNN is increasingly the only network where political dialogue representing all points of views is actually helping Americans understand the political process,” said Cornell Belcher. “I’m honored to join and add my voice to the best political team on television.”

“I thrive on passionate, fun, and intellectually-challenging debates, and CNN seeks to be the home of those conversations,” said Will Cain. “So I’m excited to make CNN my home.”

“I’m excited to be working with CNN and am appreciative of their efforts to showcase diverse political thought on their airwaves, said Dana Loesch. “I look forward to the discussions.”

Cornell Belcher is president of “brilliant corners Research and Strategies,” a research and consulting firm in Washington that studies the role of values and culture in progressive politics to develop unconventional strategies for political and corporate clients.  From 2005 to 2008, he served as pollster for the Democratic National Committee, including for then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and helped to create the DNC’s 50 State Strategy.  Previously, Belcher worked as a senior political adviser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and as special projects director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Belcher has received numerous accolades, including recognition as Gold Award in the category of Government & Nonprofit Advertising by the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) Annual David Ogilvy Awards and one of the pollsters of the year by the Association of Political and Public Affairs Professionals (APPC).

Will Cain is a licensed attorney, media entrepreneur, and host of “Off the Page” on National Cain also produces the internet interview program “Cain and Table,” focusing on the intersection between politics and non-political topics, such as pop-culture and sports. Cain founded Quince Media, a Hispanic media company that produced websites, magazines and events across the country. Cain also owned Cain Communications, a community newspaper group in Texas that published print and online newspapers to the Dallas community.  Cain earned the prestige of being named one of the “40 Most Influential People” in the Magazine Industry by Folio Magazine 2007 and one of the “20 Under 40″ by the Texas Press Association in 2005.

Dana Loesch is the co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and the host of her own daily radio talk show “The Dana Show – the Conservative Alternative” broadcast on FM New Talk 97.1 in St. Louis, MO, and WIBC 93.1 FM in Indianapolis, IN. In addition to hosting her show, Loesch is the editor-in-chief of Big Journalism. A former award-winning newspaper columnist, often focusing on the topic of motherhood, Loesch began blogging in 2001 and was named one of the top 16 most powerful mothers online by Neilsen.

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