guests1This Week’s Guests on John CATS Roundtable Radio Show include(Sunday, July 12th 2015):

◉ Governor Rick Perry
◉ Maria Bartiromo
◉ Governor Tom Ridge
◉ Governor Howard Dean

About The Guests

◉ Governor Rick Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015. A Republican, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. In 2011, Perry he was running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election. Perry suspended his campaign in January 2012 and eventually endorsed Republican nominee Mitt Romney. In 2013, Perry announced that he would not seek re-election to his fourth term in the 2014 election, planning to retire instead and focus on another White House bid for 2016. Perry is a social conservative. He supported a successful Texas Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2005. He also signed both parental notification and parental consent legislation for pregnant minors seeking abortions. In 2003, he signed the Prenatal Protection Act, which explicitly included fetuses in its definition of human life.

◉ Maria Bartiromo has been a pioneer in the journalism industry. She joined CNBC in 1993 after five years as a producer, writer and assignment editor with CNN Business News, where she wrote and produced some of CNN’s top business programs. In 1995, she became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis. Bartiromo has covered business and the economy for more than 25 years and was one of the building blocks of business cable network CNBC. During her 20-year tenure as the face of CNBC, she launched the network’s morning program, “Squawk Box”; anchored “The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo”; and was the anchor and managing editor of the nationally syndicated “On the Money with Maria Bartiromo,” formerly “The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.” Bartiromo joined FOX Business Network as their Global Markets Editor in January 2014. She is the anchor of “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo” and “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.” Her books include “The Weekend That Changed Wall Street,” and “The 10 Laws of Enduring Success,” both released in 2010.

◉ Governor Tom Ridge served as a member of the United States House of Representatives (1983–1995) he successfully ran for this Congress from northwestern Pennsylvania, and was re-elected six times. Ridge was notable as the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the U.S. House. As of 2009, Ridge has never lost an election for public office, the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania (1995–2001), Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (2001–2003), and the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security (2003–2005). Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. President George W. Bush created the Office of Homeland Security within the White House, and named Ridge to head it. Since re-entering the private sector, Ridge has served on the boards of The Home Depot, The Hershey Company and Exelon Corporation and as a senior advisor to Deloitte & Touche, and TechRadium. Ridge is also the founder and CEO of Ridge Global, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based security consulting firm. Ridge spent time campaigning with Senator John McCain during his 2008 bid for the presidency and was believed by some to have been in the short list of potential running mates.

◉ Governor Howard Dean served as the 79th Governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003 and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 2005 to 2009. Before entering politics, Dean earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1978. Dean was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1982 and was elected lieutenant governor in 1986. Both were part-time positions that enabled him to continue practicing medicine. Dean was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Presidential Election, 2004. Dean was the top fundraiser and front runner, prior to the Iowa caucus, for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Although his presidential campaign was unsuccessful, Dean pioneered Internet-based fundraising and grassroots organizing. which is centered on mass appeal to small donors which is more cost efficient than the more expensive contacting of fewer potential larger donors, and promotes active participatory democracy among the general public. His implementation of the fifty-state strategy as head of the DNC are considered significant factors behind Democratic victories in the 2006 congressional elections and the 2008 presidential election.

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