NEW & Popular

#281: Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt is former Republican campaign strategist, who notably ran the 2008 John McCain campaign for the presidency. Since the election of Donald Trump he has left the Republican Party to become independent and appears as a commentator on MSNBC. He joins David to discuss the fateful nomination of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate, the connection between her and Donald Trump, as well as his storied career in politics.

Your Host

David Axelrod

David Axelrod is host of The Axe Files podcast, director of the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and a former senior White House adviser.


Go beyond the soundbites and get to know
some of the most interesting players in politics.

Search 270+ episodes of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world.



You can listen to The Axe Files right here on our site, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and on TuneIn or your preferred podcast app.

Not sure how to get a podcast? Learn more here.