Steve Schmidt is vice chairman for public affairs at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations agency, and a political analyst on MSNBC. Recognized as one of the nation’s top public affairs and political strategists, he provides counsel on issues such as telecommunications, technology, financial services, energy, health care, entertainment and gaming. Schmidt was a top strategist on President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign and served in the Bush administration as a deputy assistant to the president and counselor to the vice president. He played a leading role in the Supreme Court confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, directing strategic communications for the Roberts nomination and heading the nomination team for Alito. In 2006, Schmidt left the White House to run the successful re-election campaign of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2007, he served as a senior adviser to Arizona Sen. John McCain’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination; once McCain secured the nomination in 2008, Schmidt ran the day-to-day operations for his presidential campaign.