|Dulé Hill as||Charlie (Charles) Young||Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Chief of Staff|
|Joshua Malina as||Will (William) Bailey||Vice President's Campaign Manager|
|Mary McCormack as||Kate (Katherine) Harper||Deputy National Security Advisor|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Russell Campaign Staffer|
|Richard Schiff as||Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler||Communications Director|
|John Spencer as||Leo Thomas McGarry||Former Chief of Staff|
|Bradley Whitford as||Josh (Joshua) Lyman||Santos Campaign Manager|
Jimmy Smits as
|Matthew Vincente Santos||Rep. D-TX|
Martin Sheen as
|Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet||President of the United States|
|Special Guest Stars|
|Kristin Chenoweth as||Annabeth Schott||Deputy Press Secretary|
|Mark Feuerstein as||Cliff (Clifford) Calley||Lobbyist|
Lily Tomlin as
|Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer||President's Secretary|
|Sam Robards as||Greg Brock||Reporter|
|Mel Harris as||Ricky Rafferty||Senator|
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Karis Campbell as||Ronna (Beckman)||Santos' Aide|
|Evan Arnold as||Ned Carlson||Santos' Aide|
|Kurt Scholler as||Guard||Larry (first name)|
|J.F. Davis as||Bartender|
|Rebecca Avery as||Aide|
"In the evolution of the stories, politics and campaigning has been the arena least explored. We're trying to rectify that balance."
"It's a slightly unreal element on the show that we haven't had the political sharks circling the White House. That dynamic will now be added." - Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.
"'West Wing': Is It Facing a Struggle to Survive?"
by Bernard Weinraub
August 12, 2004
New York Times
"Part of what we're playing throughout the fall is the growing unease with the leading candidates that show up for the Democratic nomination," [John] Wells says, "and should the White House try behind the scenes to get more involved in seeing if a better candidate should be put forward?"
"Season of Change for 'The West Wing'"
by Rick Porter
October 18, 2004
"What we're hoping to do is give the audience some insight into what the campaign process is about," Smits says.
"Can 'West Wing' build a bridge to the 21st century?"
by Bill Keveney
October 19, 2004
"I think John [Wells] got what he wanted in terms of going backstage in the (primary) campaign process" this season, he [Jimmy Smits] says.
"'The West Wing' wants you"
by Bill Keveney
April 5, 2005
I had a similar scene a couple of years later in the episode in which my brother had committed suicide and I had the scene where I break down. I remember the way it unfolded I couldn't control myself, I couldn't stop, I was so vulnerable. I went right back at her and I said 'you know what, you once said you couldn't do this particular scene [without me] well there is no one on this earth I could have done this with, except you. So that's memorable for me. - Richard Schiff
"Q&A: Richard Schiff answers your questions"
February 10, 2007
London Theatre Guide