The ratings over at CNN have been faltering, despite a network makeover that included letting go of Soledad O’Brien. It seems the network is turning to some previous favorites to lure viewers to return to the network. The political debate program Crossfire is coming back to CNN and among those on the panel are Van Jones, the founding president of Rebuild the Dream, an organization that promotes innovative policy solutions for the U.S. economy. Jones worked as the green jobs advisor for the Obama administration in 2009.
Jones, who is the author of two The New York Times best-selling books (The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream), will co-host with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and conservative columnist S.E. Cupp along with Stephanie Cutter, who like Jones, will represent the left. Cutter is a partner at newly-launched strategic consulting firm Precision Strategies. She previously served as the deputy campaign manager for President Obama’s re-election campaign and was Michelle Obama’s chief of staff and senior adviser to then-Senator Obama during the 2008 election. She also served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Adviser for communications and strategy.
All four hosts will also appear across the network’s programming and its special coverage surrounding elections and political events.
“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did – it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, in a press statement.
Crossfire was one of CNN’s most popular shows when it initially aired from 1982 to 2005. Conservative Pat Buchanan and liberal Tom Braden were the original hosts of the program, and other hosts included Robert Novak, Tucker Carlson, James Carville and Paul Begala.