Full Ginsburg

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The "full Ginsburg" is a buzzword that refers to an appearance by one person on all five American major Sunday morning talk shows on the same day: This Week on ABC, Fox News Sunday, Face the Nation on CBS, Meet the Press on NBC, and Late Edition on CNN.[1] State of the Union replaced Late Edition on CNN in January 2009.

The term is named for William H. Ginsburg, the lawyer for Monica Lewinsky during the sexual conduct scandal involving President Bill Clinton. Ginsburg was the first person to accomplish this feat, on February 1, 1998.[2]

Completed full Ginsburgs[edit]

NameOfficeReason for appearanceDate
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William H. Ginsburg
Attorney for Monica LewinskyAllegations that his client had a sexual relationship with President Bill ClintonFebruary 1, 1998
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Secretary Dick Cheney
Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States, former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Representative from Wyoming2000 Republican National ConventionJuly 30, 2000
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Senator John Edwards
Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States, United States Senator from North CarolinaApproaching Presidential ElectionOctober 10, 2004
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Secretary Michael Chertoff
Secretary of Homeland SecurityHurricane KatrinaSeptember 4, 2005
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Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Junior Senator from New York, Candidate in 2008 presidential electionHer Presidential bidSeptember 23, 2007
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Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary of Health and Human ServicesSwine FluMay 3, 2009
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Secretary Janet Napolitano
Secretary of Homeland Security
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Dr. Richard Besser
Acting Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Former President Bill Clinton
Former President of the United StatesHaiti EarthquakeJanuary 17, 2010[3]
Former President George W. Bush
Former President of the United States
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Dr. Rajiv Shah
Administrator of United States Agency for International Development
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Lieutenant General P.K. “Ken” Keen
Deputy Commander of United States Southern Command
Rep. Michele Bachmann
Member of the U.S. House of RepresentativesHer Presidential bidAugust 14, 2011[4]
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Jack Lew
White House Chief of Staff2012 Federal BudgetFebruary 12, 2012[5]
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Susan Rice
United States Ambassador to the United NationsReactions to Innocence of Muslims and the
Attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi
September 16, 2012
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Timothy Geithner
United States Secretary of the TreasuryFiscal cliff[6]December 2, 2012
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Jeb Bush
Former Governor of FloridaPromoting his book Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution[7]March 10, 2013
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Marco Rubio
United States Senator from FloridaImmigration reformApril 14, 2013
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Daniel Pfeiffer
Senior Advisor to the President for Strategy and CommunicationsAddressing the IRS Tea Party investigation, Associated Press records seizures, and investigation of response to the 2012 Benghazi attackMay 19, 2013
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Secretary John Kerry
United States Secretary of StateAddressing Possible military action against Syria by the United StatesSeptember 1, 2013
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Denis McDonough
White House Chief of StaffSeptember 8, 2013
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Jack Lew
United States Secretary of the Treasury2013 United States government shutdownOctober 6, 2013

Special cases[edit]

On September 19, 2009, President Barack Obama could also be said to have achieved a "Full Ginsburg" when he appeared on five programs, even though Univision's Spanish-language Al Punto was not part of Ginsburg's original five programs. President Obama, promoting his health care reform proposals, opted for Al Punto to be his fifth program appearance instead of Fox News Sunday.[8]

The first person to appear on all six shows in the same week was former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, who achieved the feat on March 10, 2013.[9]

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio became the first person to appear on seven Sunday talk shows the same day, on April 14, 2013: all English-language shows listed above, plus Univision's Al Punto and Telemundo's Enfoque, both American Spanish-language shows.[10][11]


  1. ^ Newton-Small, Jay (September 27, 2007). "Lexicon". Time (magazine). Retrieved 2007-09-25. "the full Ginsburg DEFINITION The ful gins-burg n. The appearance on all five political TV talk shows on the same Sunday morning. CONTEXT On Sept. 23, Senator Hillary Clinton filmed segments from her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., for ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, NBC's Meet the Press, CNN's Late Edition, Fox News' Sunday with Chris Wallace and CBS's Face the Nation. USAGE Ironically, the term was coined by Washington insiders after Monica Lewinsky's attorney William Ginsburg shuffled between studios to make the full circuit in February 1998." 
  2. ^ Puzzanghera, Jim (September 24, 2007). "Clinton makes the Sunday talk-show rounds.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-09-25. "Appearing on all five major Sunday talk shows -- the political equivalent of hitting for the cycle in baseball -- is known among TV producers and political operatives as a "full Ginsburg," after the first person to pull it off, Southern California attorney William H. Ginsburg. He made the circuit on Feb. 1, 1998, in defense of his client Monica S. Lewinsky, the onetime White House intern at the center of a Bill Clinton sex scandal." [dead link]
  3. ^ "the talk shows". The Washington Post. January 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bachmann Takes Post-Straw Poll Victory Lap on Sunday Shows". National Journal. 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  5. ^ "Today on the trail: Candidates off the trail, on the airwaves". Washington Post. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  6. ^ Silva, Mark (November 30, 2012). Geithner’s `Full Ginsburg:’ Sunday. Bloomberg. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution". Amazon.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Javers, Eamon. "Obama's Risky Full Ginsburg". The Politico. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  9. ^ Sunday talk show tip sheet: March 10, 2013. Politico. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  10. ^ [1] Politico. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  11. ^ Denver Post staff (15 April 2013). "Rubio pitches immigration deal on seven television shows". Denver Post. Retrieved 15 April 2013. "Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., appeared on seven television shows Sunday to defend the immigration bill being written by four Republican and four Democratic senators, including Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado."