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Stephanie Cutter


Stephanie Cutter

Stephanie Cutter
Cutter in the White House Situation Room, 2011.
Born October 22, 1968 (1968-10-22) (age 46)
Taunton, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality American
Alma mater Smith College
Georgetown University Law Center
Occupation Deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.

Stephanie Cutter (born October 22, 1968) is an American political consultant. She served as Deputy Campaign Manager for President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign,[1] and has previously worked in campaign and communications roles for other Democrats including Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Michelle Obama. The New York Times described her as "a popular but polarizing face of (Obama's) campaign", and a "soldier who says the things the candidate can’t (or won’t) say."[2]

Early life and education

Cutter was born in [5]


In the 1990s, Cutter worked as a junior aide to Mario Cuomo and also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency.[6]

She worked for former President Bill Clinton as Deputy Communications Director at the White House during his administration "to help restore Mr. Clinton’s image in the aftermath of (his) impeachment and Monica Lewinsky",[2] and as Associate Administrator for Communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Beginning in 2001, she served as Communications Director for Senator Ted Kennedy.

In November 2003, she was named communications director for the John Kerry campaign,[7] at Kennedy's recommendation.[6] During that campaign, she was criticized for having a surly and difficult personality and was often scapegoated for Kerry's loss.[6] Kerry considered the criticism of her unfair and praised her work.[6][8] After the Kerry campaign, Cutter returned to work for Kennedy.

In June 2008 Cutter was appointed Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama for the 2008 Presidential general election campaign.[9] Stephanie Cutter and Michelle Obama immediately clicked and Cutter is widely credited with building Obama's popularity with the public, particularly her Let's Move! health initiative. She is credited with enlisting Republican Mike Huckabee to the program, to help prevent criticism from conservatives.[6]

She served as the Chief Spokesperson for the Obama-Biden Transition Project.[10] She served in the Treasury Department as Timothy Geithner's counselor where "she protected Geithner’s fragile reputation and tried to spin unpopular policies like the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the A.I.G. bailout."[2] In May 2009, Cutter was appointed to serve as adviser to President Obama in the Supreme Court nominations.[11] Later that year, GQ Magazine named Cutter one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington.[12]

In 2010, Cutter was named Assistant to the President for Special Projects, charged with managing communications and outreach strategy for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[13] In 2011, Cutter was named Deputy Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama.[14]

In September 2011, the White House announced Cutter would leave her position as Deputy Senior Advisor to serve as deputy campaign manager for Obama for America. She has appeared in numerous campaign videos and ads for Obama's campaign, as well as a guest in TV appearances.[6] During the 2012 campaign, Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist, stated that Cutter is "arguably the strongest player on either side out there now."[6]

CNN announced on June 26, 2013, that Cutter will join a new version of Crossfire re-launching in the fall of 2013, with panelists Newt Gingrich, S. E. Cupp, and Van Jones.[15]

Cutter announced to CNN staffers on October 7, 2013 she was pregnant with her first child, her due date would be in early March, 2014, and that she would be returning to "Crossfire" after maternity leave.[16]


  1. ^ "Cutter to leave White House for Obama campaign", politicaltracker (CNN), retrieved February 13, 2012 
  2. ^ a b c Chozick, Amy (October 12, 2012) "A Messenger Who Does the Shooting", The New York Times, Retrieved October 29, 2012
  3. ^ Alspach, Kyle (November 8, 2008). "Raynham native named chief spokesperson for Obama transition".  
  4. ^ Chozick, Amy (October 14, 2012). "A Messenger Who Does the Shooting". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Zeleny, Jeff (November 21, 2008). "The New Team - Stephanie Cutter". New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Lois Romano (July 8, 2012). "Stephanie Cutter, President Obama’s 1-woman rapid response team". Politico. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Ashburn, Lauren (September 4, 201 Stephanie Cutter may have kind words for Ann Romney, but she’s a pit bull when it comes to the Republicans. She talks to Lauren Ashburn about gender issues and the 2012 campaign.). "How Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s One-Woman Warrior, Wages Political Combat".  
  9. ^ Shailagh Murray, New Staffer for Michelle Obama, The New York Times, June 16, 2008
  10. ^ "All today's politics in one place | Front Page". PoliticsHome. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ Cillizza, Chris (May 17, 2009). "Cutter to White House for Court Fight". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 17, 2009. 
  12. ^ "49. Stephanie Cutter".  
  13. ^ Ben Frumin (April 22, 2010). "White House Taps Stephanie Cutter To Sell Health Care Reform". TPMDC. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  14. ^  
  15. ^ "‘Crossfire’ coming back to CNN".  
  16. ^ "Stephanie Cutter Pregnant With First Child".  
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