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Charlie Cook (2012)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-10-30

Duration: 00:25:32

Subjects: Cook, Charles E., Jr. | Politics | Political analysis | United States presidential election, 2012 | Obama, Barack | Romney, Mitt | Elections, 2012 | Johnston, J. Bennett (John Bennett), 1932- | Military | Journalism | Political campaigns


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Cook, Charlie Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from October 30, 2012, features an interview with Charlie Cook conducted by Beth Courtney. Cook, a native of Shreveport, is a political analyst who writes for “The Cook Political Report” and the “National Journal.” He discusses: his predictions for the 2012 presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney; his initial interest in politics in junior high; working on J. Bennett Johnston’s 1972 Senate campaign; the country’s support of today’s military; being perceived as a non-partisan analyst; his work team; Obama’s first visit to his firm; the direction of political journalism; the uniqueness of Louisiana; the effects of a 4-lane highway connecting Shreveport to south Louisiana; his predictions for the Southern states; LSU football; and being referred to as the “Picasso of Political Reporting.”