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James Carville Visits Coast; Weighs in on Runoff Election

Reported by: Ryan Mahan
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Updated: 6/23/2014 9:52 pm
James Carville, better known as "The Ragin' Cajun", has been on the frontlines of national politics for the past 20 years. Monday night, he returned to his home away from home on the Gulf Coast to promote his new book.

Love and war is a phrase that fits relationships and politics rather well, especially if you're James "The Ragin' Cajun" Carville, a well-known liberal consultant who married his celebrated conservative counterpart, Mary Matalin, during the Clinton administration. It also happens to be the title of their new book, and from the looks of it, they have plenty to say. Carville says, "We just been through a lot, the Clinton administration, the Bush administration, Chaney, Hurricane Katrina, the reconstruction. I mean, you name it, the Iraq War, Monica Lewinski, just a lot of different things."

The political power couple was slated to be on hand at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Gulfport Monday, but unfortunately, Matalin needed to stay home to care for one of their children who had taken ill. The book they wrote has been well received. Carville also says, "We were very happy that we did it. The book did very well. It made the New York Times best seller list. I enjoyed every bit of it." Promoting a new book is a great reason to be on the Gulf Coast, but the question on everyone's mind is, what does Carville think about this historic runoff election?

Carville replies, "I’m going to enjoy watching it. It’s not on my side of the fence, but I'd like to stick my head over there. It’s quite a topic of conversation among political people all over the country. I think a lot of people are going to be watching what happens in Mississippi come tomorrow." What part of the runoff does Carville find most intriguing? He says, "If McDaniel wins, I think it’s going to be a spirited general election here, which I think the people here in Mississippi will enjoy it. We don't have many interesting general elections in this state. I know I’ll enjoy it and it should be fun."

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