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Brett O’Donnell, is the President of O’Donnell & Associates and was most recently the Chief Strategist to the Bachmann for President Campaign. O’Donnell also assisted in preparing Governor Mitt Romney for Presidential Primary debates in Florida, a critical win in Romney’s bid to become the Republican nominee. He was the Director of Messaging for the McCain Presidential Campaign from January of 2007 - November of 2008 where his duties included message strategy and development, supervision of the debate preparation process for both the primary and general election debates, speech writing, public speaking and media training and ensuring that the campaign’s message remained consistent across all its components from advertising and direct mail to its website.
O'Donnell & Associates, Ltd. is a political and corporate strategic communications consulting firm. During The 2008 presidential campaign O’Donnell was twice named to Time Magazine’s “Five Most Important People Not Running for President” list and has been described as the “best political debate coach” in the country.
Presently O’Donnell is consulting for Rick Warren, author of the Purpose Driven Life, for message/marketing strategy, communications strategy, and rapid response and media communications. O’Donnell has appeared as a guest on the Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, and he has guest lectured at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and the LBJ School of Government at the University of Texas.Prior to joining the McCain Presidential Campaign Brett O'Donnell was the Director of Debate at Liberty University for eighteen years where he focused on providing students with skills in oral and written argument, critical thinking, and persuasion through the activity of competitive intercollegiate debate. His teams won eighteen national rankings championships in intercollegiate debate. O’Donnell was named the Keele debate coach of the year by the National Debate Tournament in 1997. He taught at the University of Michigan’s summer debate institute for seven years and has authored numerous articles and scholarly papers on intercollegiate debate, political communication, argumentation theory, and rhetoric and public address.