Tonight on PoliticKING: Steve Schale, Dr. Robert Epstein, and Dave Rubin

Political strategist for the 2008 FL Obama campaign, Steve Schale, speaks with Larry King about what this seasons crop of candidates needs.Followed by Dr. Robert Epstein, distinguished scholar and scientist, and award-winning author.Then: Dave Rubin, an American stand-up comedian, talk show host, and ORA TV personality!!

Steven Schale is a Florida-based political, communications and government relations strategist.

Steve has extensive experience in all levels of Florida politics and is one of the best regarded strategists in the Sunshine State.He was also once booted off both Anderson Cooper 360 and Rachel Maddow on the same night for Donald Trump.

The St. Petersburg Times has called him "one of the savviest and most effective political strategists Florida Democrats have seen in ages." In 2008, he was named one of Florida’s “100 Movers and Shakers” by Florida International Magazine, one of the most influential Democrats in Florida by Politics Magazine in 2009 and 2013, and the most influential Democratic strategist in Florida by the Tampa Bay Times in 2012.

In 2008, Steve directed the Obama/Biden campaign in Florida, leading the largest political operation in Florida history to a win for President Obama.From 2005-2008, Steve ran the Florida Democratic Party’s House Democratic Caucus, during which Florida Democrats picked off nine Republican seats in the state house, the party’s biggest gain in over forty years. In 2010, he served as an advisor Alex Sink's campaign for Governor and the Florida Justice Association.

In 2012, Steve returned to the President's campaign as a Senior Advisor to the Florida re-election election, while in 2014, he provided the strategic direction to Gwen Graham's campaign for Congress.On a tough night, Gwen was one of only two Democratic Congressional candidates in the country to defeat a Republican incumbent.

Today he provides strategic advice to a number of clients, including Walt Disney World, AT&T and the Florida Hospital Association.He was also instrumental in helping the burgeoning craft beer industry win a high profile fight in the Florida Legislature over a coalition of big beer companies and distributors.

In addition, Steve also has nearly a decade of experience working in the Florida Legislature. He was the Communications Director for the House Democratic Caucus, where his shop received a "Henry" award from the National Conference of State Legislators, and was longtime aide to former House Democratic Leader Doug Wiles (D-St. Augustine).

Steve lives in Tallahassee with his wife Nikole, who is an executive with the American Heart Association.


ROBERT EPSTEIN is an author, editor, and longtime psychology researcher and professor—a distinguished scientist who is passionate about educating the public about advances in mental health and the behavioral sciences. The former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, Dr. Epstein is currently Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and a contributing editor for Scientific American Mind. He is also the founder and Director Emeritus of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts.

Through 2003, he served as University Research Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. He received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1981 from Harvard University.


Dave Rubin is a stand-up comedian, talk show host and TV personality. He is the host of Rubin Report, a comedy and current events talk show on Ora TV. Launched in 2013, the show is one of the fastest growing news channels on YouTube. Dave was formerly an on-air host at The Young Turks Network, and prior to that was co-host of The Six Pack on SiriusXM satellite radio, also one of the top comedy podcasts on iTunes. His television credits include Comedy Central, Fox News, HLN, CNN and PBS. He has defended LGBT rights on The O'Reilly Factor and debated Mike Huckabee. Dave's comedy and commentary has been highlighted in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine.

With a political science degree from Binghamton University, Dave was primed perfectly for the world of stand-up comedy. Known for his quick wit, he isn't afraid to take on any topic passionately and logically regardless of its nature. His #Obamacare tweet was the top trending in the world and is one of the most retweeted tweets of 2012. In 2013, Dave was nominated by L.A. Weekly for Funniest Twitter.

For daily updates on everything from politics to Star Wars, and current events to The Golden Girls, Follow Dave on Twitter.

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ora Media, LLC, its affiliates, or its employees.

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