James Carville, the country's best known and most colorful political consultant, and Mary Matalin, former deputy campaign manager for George Bush and current talk show host, will visit Hamilton College three weeks before the November elections.

The husband-and-wife team will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House and Matalin's nationally syndicated radio talk show will be broadcast from the Mohawk Valley that afternoon. The talk, which is part of the Great Names at Hamilton series, is free and open to the general public.

Carville, who has managed more campaigns than any other political consultant in America, got his first job in politics while still a student at Ascension Catholic High School in Carville, La. In 1962, he entered Louisiana State University but flunked out four years later. After serving two years in the Marine Corps, he returned to LSU, finished his undergraduate degree at night, and earned a law degree.

While working as a litigator for a Baton Rouge law firm, Carville consulted for Democrats running for local and statewide offices. He managed his first campaign, a U.S. Senate race in Virginia in 1982, before teaming up with Paul Begala in 1989 to form the Carville & Begala political consulting firm. The firm specializes in strategy, message development, "earned media" and supporting the Democratic ticket.

Carville reached the media spotlight with Bill Clinton's election to the presidency in 1992, the first time a Democrat had claimed the White House in 12 years. In 1993, Carville was honored as the Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for his leadership of Clinton's Little Rock campaign headquarters, known as the "War Room." This role also made him the focus, along with George Stephanopoulos, of the feature-length documentary film "The War Room," an Academy Award nominee.

Carville is currently senior political advisor to the president. He recently completed his second book, We're Right, They're Wrong, A Handbook for Spirited Progressive. In March of this year, his book reached #1 on The New York Times Best Seller's list.

Matalin, who has been the host of the CNBC weeknight talk show, "Equal Time," has been active in campaign and party politics since college. She started at the grass roots level in local and statewide campaigns in her native Illinois.

The Reagan Revolution brought her to Washington, D.C., where she served the Republican National Committee (RNC) in the political education, re-districting and deputy chairman offices, before attending Hofstra Law School.

In 1984, Matalin returned to the RNC and became voter contact director for the Reagan-Bush campaign. Following the campaign, she worked in the public affairs office for President Reagan's Inaugural. In 1985, she became the chief of staff to Lee Atwater, co-chairman of the RNC.

Matalin began working for the "George Bush for President" campaign in 1986 and over the next two years held three different positions. In 1992, President Bush named her deputy campaign manager for political operations, where she was responsible for the overview and organization of all 50 state operations. As the on-board planner who traveled with Bush throughout the 1992 campaign, she emerged as a vocal and occasionally controversial defender of the president and his policies.

In January 1996, Matalin joined the CBS Talk Radio Network with her own three-hour afternoon broadcast. "The Mary Matalin Show" originates in Washington and features a full range of issues and events, interacting with guests and fielding listeners' calls. Talkers Magazine listed Matalin as one of the "100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America" in 1996.

Matalin and Carville, who were married in 1993, co-authored the best seller, All's Fair: Love, War & Running for President, in 1994. The political memoir explores their roles in opposing political camps during the 1992 presidential campaign.

The couple live in Maurertown, Va. with their daughter, Matalin Mary Carville, born in July 1995.

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