Probably the most prominent American political consultant, Dick Morris is almost universally credited with piloting Bill Clinton to a stunning comeback re-election victory in 1996 after the president lost Congress to the Republican two years before. Called "the most influential private citizen in
" by Time Magazine Morris helped steer
to the center and away from the liberal policies he had pursued in his first two years in office. Morris is also credited with advising
to sign the welfare reform bill of 1996 and getting him to back a balanced budget, both key centrist positions.
Morris began his relationship with
in 1977 when he handled the Arkansas Attorney General's successful campaign to become the youngest Governor in the nation. Morris did not work on
's defeat for re-election in 1980 but did oversee his comeback victory in 1982 as well as his
re-election victories in 1984, 86, and 1990.
In addition to
, Morris has handled the winning campaigns for more than 30 Senators or Governors including Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and former Governors Bill Weld of
and Pete Wilson of
In recent years, Morris has turned to foreign campaigns and served as chief strategist for
's reformer Vicente Fox in his upset victory in July, 2000 over the PRI after the party had ruled the nation for 71 years. He also was the chief strategist for the winning campaigns of Fernando de la Rua (
), Jorge Battle (
), Chen (
) and, most recently, for Viktor Yushchenko, the Ukrainian presidential candidate who was poisoned during his campaign. He also handled the winning campaign for the new president of
, Felipe Calderon.
, Morris has become a familiar figure as a commentator for the Fox News Channel. He is well known for hard hitting, nonpartisan, objective commentary about the
political scene. He writes a weekly column for the New York Post, another for the Hill Magazine in
, and another for Fox News.
He has written ten books including six New York Times bestsellers. His most recent best seller, written with his wife, Eileen McGann, is Outrage: How Illegal Immigration, the UN, Congressional Ripoffs, Student Loan Overcharges, Tobacco Companies, Trade Protection and Drug Companies are ripping us off...and what to do about it. The other best sellers are: Behind the Oval Office - his memoir about the
years, Off With Their Heads (about the war on terror), Rewriting History (a biography of Hillary Clinton he wrote with his wife, Eileen McGann), Because He Could (about Bill Clinton also with Eileen), and Condi vs. Hillary (promoting Condoleezza Rice for president written with Eileen.). His other books are: Power Plays, Vote.com, The New Prince, and Bum Rap on American Cities which he wrote in the 70s.
In November of 1999, Morris founded a web site in the
called Vote.com where people may log on to vote on the major issues of the day. Their opinions are then e mailed to their Senator and Congressman and to other significant decision makers. Over three million people have used this site to express their opinions.
As part of his work with Vote.com, Dick, along with his wife/lawyer Eileen McGann founded Legalvote.com, an online jury focus group service. They have conducted online focus groups in over 100 cases and their clients include two of the top insurance companies in the
as well as many of the major plaintiff lawyers in the nation. He lives with his wife of 30 years, Eileen McGann in