Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4pm on CNN.
Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, plus Shonda Rhimes.
When lining up guests for my first few weeks of The Lead, Stephen Colbert was a natural. His sister is running for Congress in South Carolina – her primary is on March 19, the day after my first show – and I’ve known Colbert now for almost a decade. After all, he was once a campaign reporter.
It was a cold Iowa winter’s day in 2004 when I first met him. The turn of events began when my producer Max and I became determined to get an interview with Howard Dean. The Vermont governor was beginning to tank in the polls just a few days before the Democratic caucuses, and we figured a reaction from him could get me on the news.