Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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Um, Bill ... Time to be Quiet

There has been so much talk this primary season about Bill Clinton and his role in the campaign.  On the one hand, he's undoubtedly been an asset when it comes to fund raising and rallying institutional support like the super delegates.  On the other hand, he's been "off message" on more than one occasion, and seems to detract from Hillary's message at times.  His latest stumble:  He told a crowd in Texas that it was "up to them" to keep Hillary in the race.  If she wins Ohio and Texas, he surmised, then she'd win the nomination, but if she loses either, she's toast.
Well, he's probably correct on part of his analysis: If she does lose either, she's most likely finished.  It would be nearly impossible for her to catch Obama in "pledged" delegates, and her fundraising would dry up.  But, even if she manages to win both states, it may still not be enough given the proportional allotment of delegates.   According to Chuck Todd at NBC News and others, she really needs a commanding (double digit) win in both states to make a dent in Obama's lead.  Given how Obama is on a Tiger Woods-esque winning streak, having won 11 straight primaries and caucuses by an average of 33% (his smallest victory being in Wisconsin at only 17%) it seems highly unlikely Hillary is going to route Obama.  Moreover, polls show both states in dead heats, and Hillary didn't get the knockout punch she needed in the Texas debate.

It's time for Bubba to stay on the sidelines. He's been credited, over the years, with having terrific political instincts.  It hasn't really been on display during this campaign, but he should summon them one last time and do the right thing: stay out of the fray.  Hillary’s political future will be determined in the next 10 days -- it's time for her to sink or swim as a candidate on her own.


Video: Top 5 primary upsets

Nick with Fox Business host David Asman discussing the top 5 primary upsets


Video: ABC Network interview


Interview with CitizenSugar.com

In honor of President's Day, here's an exclusive CitizenSugar interview with Nick Ragone, author of the book Presidents' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Extraordinary Executives, Colorful Campaigns, and White House Oddities. I cannot tell a lie, I'm excited. Here we go!

I'm an admitted presidential trivia freak, as I'm sure you are. Hit me with a tidbit of trivia you uncovered while you were writing this book that surprised even you.
John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator in the White House. James Madison was the shortest president — 5'4". Woodrow Wilson's picture was on the $100,000 bill, which is no longer in circulation. Wilson also played 1,200 rounds of golf while in the White House — more than even Eisenhower.

If you could head back in history to grab one president and install him in the White House again come 2009, who would it be?
It goes without saying that Lincoln would be the first choice. But not far behind is Teddy Roosevelt — I think he'd be a great leader for these times. He was an activist president and reformer. I think the office can use his energy right now. And Harry Truman as well. He had a certain resolve that seems appropriate for our challenges.

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