Ingraham and Begala to be Featured at IIAA

July 26, 2001

Republican political observer Laura Ingraham and former Clinton White House Senior Adviser Paul Begala are feature commentators for a political discussion at the Independent Insurance Agents of America’s (IIAA) upcoming Hawaii InfoXchange.

More than 2,000 insurance professionals are expected to attend IIAA’s Hawaii InfoXchange. The premier IIAA event will be held October 27-30 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ingraham and Begala will participate in a free-ranging discussion of current political developments and a spirited debate of public policy issues with IIAA CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt during the closing general session Oct. 30. The session annually is one of the most anticipated of the IIAA InfoXchange.

Ingraham was MSNBC’s special correspondent covering the 2000 presidential campaign and continues to provide political analysis to a number of prime-time news shows, appearing on Fox News Channel, CNN’s Crossfire, and Imus in the Morning. She appears regularly on MSNBC and CNBC providing analysis and perspective on political, legal and cultural events.

Ingraham is a freelance columnist with articles published in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Post, New York Times and Washington Times. She previously hosted Watch It! With Laura Ingraham, a daily MSNBC news program that focused on politics and popular culture. In 2000 Ingraham authored the book Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places.

Ingraham began her career as a speechwriter in the Reagan White House and the Departments of Education and Transportation. She later served as a Supreme Court clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas.

Begala counseled President Clinton as a White House Senior Adviser and as a political analyst for the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, working closely with campaign strategist James Carville. As co-host of MSNBC’s Equal Time, he debated political issues with co-host Oliver North.

Begala is a political analyst for a variety of television news programs including Today, Meet the Press, Nightline and a host of other major broadcasts. Begala, in his previous role in the Clinton White House, serves as the basis for the character Josh Lyman in NBC’s West Wing.

Begala is a regular contributor to Esquire magazine and writes for the editorial pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. He helped the late John F. Kennedy Jr. launch George magazine and was one of its original contributing editors.

A political strategist of international scope, Begala helped structure the campaigns of Brazilian President Henrique Cardoso, Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis and Dominican Republic President Hipolito Mejia. As senior vice president of the communications strategy firm Public Strategies Inc., his clients included such industry leaders as Coca-Cola, Southwest Airlines and the San Antonio Spurs.

The IIAA annual meeting will include a wide variety of technology workshops; innovative continuing-education classes; new Best Practices opportunities; a series of prominent speakers; one of the largest exhibit halls in the insurance industry; the IIAA Sales School with Russ Granger; a Professional Seminar Series with Ken Blanchard, author of One Minute Manager; the Young Agents Leadership Conference; and many other exciting features. The 26th Annual Young Agents Leadership Conference will be held October 26-28, prior to IIAA’s Hawaii InfoXchange.

Registration forms for IIAA’s Hawaii InfoXchange and the Young Agents Leadership Conference are available online at

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