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Ramesh Ponnuru- Senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View

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A leader of the “reform conservative” movement

NRI Ramesh Ponnuru who was born in Prairie Village, Kansas City, Missouri and raised by a Hindu father and a Lutheran mother. In 1999, he became a senior editor at National Review. Ponnuru contrbuted articles to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, The Weekly Standard, Newsday,Policy Review, The New Republic,Financial Times, and First Things.

Ramesh Ponnuru has called for a revival of Republican policy thinking by applying conservative ideals to contemporary problems and emphasizing the concerns of the middle class.

2016 Presidential Candidates/Donald Trump On the issues:

You know you did nothing wrong. You won because the people wanted to make America great again and didn’t want lying Hillary. But the Democrats can’t accept that. They’ve gone crazy. They deny you’re a legitimate president, they fantasize about impeaching you, they say all kinds of horrible things.

The Democrats were using this made-up scandal to hurt your presidency and make it impossible for you to do all the great things you promised the American people. Comey was helping their plot by refusing to tell the truth. Were you just supposed to sit there and let these fabrications keep going?

Clinton is blaming the Russians, the FBI, the media, sexism. To the extent Democrats believe her, they will think that they should have won the election and that it was stolen from them. Other Democrats blame Clinton herself for being personally uninspiring, taking too much Wall Street money, campaigning arrogantly, and neglecting Wisconsin.

Bill Clinton’s commission issued its report, Gallup found that 65 percent of Americans wanted lower levels of immigration and 7 percent wanted higher. By 2016 only 38 percent wanted less immigration and 21 percent wanted more.

Ramesh Ponnuru writes on politics, policy, and the law. He is visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Ponnuru has written on a range of political and policy topics, appeared on many public affairs and news interview programs, and is a widely respected voice on conservative policy.

He attended Briarwood Elementary School and Mission Valley Middle School and skipped the 8th grade and directly entered high school.

  • He earned a B.A. in history and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University.
  • He is married to April Ponnuru
  • In 2006, Ponnuru wrote The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life

Ramesh Ponnuru has frequently made the case for increasing the child tax credit to properly compensate parents for the cost of raising children, and has been a regular co-author with economist David Beckworth on the topic of monetary policy and market monetarism.

He is also the author of a monograph on Japanese industrial policy.

Ramesh Ponnuru has regularly been a guest at retreats for congressional Republicans because he is a thinker on conservative policy and its political implications.

  • In 2015, Politico Magazine featured him and his wife, April Ponnuru, as two of the “Politico 50” influential leaders in American politics.
  • In 2014, Ponnuru co-edited, with Yuval Levin, Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class, a reform conservative manifesto and policy agenda.
  • Ponnuru also contributed the book’s concluding chapter, on constitutionalism. The book was widely praised, with New York Times columnist David Brooks calling it “the most coherent and compelling policy agenda the American right has produced this century."
  • He has been identified as a leader of the “reform conservative” movement.

Ponnuru is a regular guest speaker on policy, politics, and constitutionalism at college campuses and law schools across the country.

Ramesh Ponnuru appears frequently on television programs about public affairs, including Meet the Press and Face the Nation:

  June 18, 2017 - Discussing the Russia investigation, the first full Cabinet meeting, and the health care bill: Ponnuru on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’’...CLICK
  June 16, 2017 -Discussing the Russia investigation and the Georgia special election: Ponnuru on MSNBC’s ‘Meet the Press Daily’...CLICK
  -June 4, 2017 -Discussing Trump’s rhetoric and the politics of Comey’s testimony: Ponnuru on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation...CLICK
  May 21, 2017 - Discussing President Trump’s foreign policy and domestic distractions: Ponnuru on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.....CLICK

November 10, 2016, Obama's Cultural Liberalism Helped Sink Democrats-Under Bill Clinton’s leadership in the 1990s, the Democratic Party tried to appeal to culturally conservative white working-class voters without abandoning its liberal convictions.In the Obama years, the Democratic Party seemed to be able to move left while enjoying an enduring advantage in presidential politics. In the early months of President Obama’s second term, he concentrated on issues such as climate change, same-sex marriage, legalization for illegal immigrants and gun regulation, without much concern for bringing these voters back into the Democratic coalition....To reconnect with values voters, the party might try updating its strategy from the 1990s.

An anti-globalist might reply that trade and immigration lurk behind the problems that worry Americans even if they do not realize it, and so politics will have to put these issues at the forefront.

Trump may succeed in making the Republican Party more nationalist. His nationalism seems to have played a role in drawing him the support of many people who had not previously voted for Republican candidates.

May 3, 2017: There's a Limit to What Nationalism Can Do....America's new organizing principle is weak on the follow-through






Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, where he has covered national politics and policy for almost 20 years. He is also a columnist for Bloomberg View, and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

- He is the author of a monograph about Japanese industrial policy and a book about American politics and the sanctity of human life.


-April Ponnuru got her B.A. in Political Science from Liberty University and M.A. in Legal and Political Theory, University College of London.

--She was Senior Advisor, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Policy Director, YG Network and Senior Policy Advisor for the presidential campaign of Governor Jeb Bush, Washington, D.C......READ