Christine Todd Whitman
Co-Chair, CASEnergy; Former Governor, New Jersey

Christine Todd Whitman on Technology and the Republicans

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Whitman says Election Day will prove what candidate better harnessed the power of technology.

Christine Todd Whitman

Christine Todd Whitman was sworn in as EPA Administrator on January 31, 2001, a position she held until the spring of 2003. Prior to that, Whitman served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey.  Whitman was New Jersey's first female governor. She appointed New Jersey's first African American State Supreme Court Justice, its first female State Supreme Court Chief Justice and its first female Attorney General.

She is the author of the book about the GOP, IT'S MY PARTY, TOO, published in January of 2005.  She served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003.

Governor Whitman is now the President of the Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in government relations and environmental and energy issues. She is co-chair of the National Smart Growth Council and is a member of the governors' board of the nonprofit Oquirrh Institute, which seeks innovative solutions in environmental management and other critical public policy areas.

Governor Whitman currently serves on the Board of Directors of S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., Texas Instruments, United Technologies, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Since 2006, Christie Whitman has co-chaired the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy) with Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder and former leader of Greenpeace. CASEnergy is a national grassroots coalition which promotes the expansion of nuclear energy as part of an environmentally friendly and economically beneficial energy portfolio.She is also the President of The Whitman Strategy Group, a management consulting/strategic planning partnership servicing both government and business clients.

Governor Whitman is also Co-Chairman of the National Smart Growth Council, and serves on the Steering Committee of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey; the Leadership Council of the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition; the Governing Board of the Oquirrh Institute; and as a member of the board of the New America Foundation.


Question: Are the Republicans making sufficient use of technology?


Christine Todd Whitman: We’ll see that on Election Day whether they used it enough. Clearly they’re using technology a whole host of different ways. Everybody does.

And the amount of money they raised over the Internet after Sarah Palin was announced was extraordinary. So they’ve clearly got their sight set on how to use technology.

We’ll know on election day whether they did it enough or not.


Question: How can technology assist the political process?


Christine Todd Whitman: It’s a way of getting out a message. It’s a new way of using the new techniques and the new tools that are at hand to get a message out to more than a few people.


Question: How does technology come into your personal life?


Christine Todd Whitman: I have the Blackberry. I have an iPod. I have a Kindle.

I call him my little man, but he’s my, garment and my car that gets me from one place to another.

So, I use a lot of technology.


Recorded on: September 15, 2008