|Alan Alda as||Arnold Vinick||Republican Candidate for President|
|Stockard Channing as||Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D.||First Lady|
|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|
|Gary Cole as||Robert "Bingo Bob" Russell||Vice President|
|Teri Polo as||Helen Santos||Matt Santos' Wife|
|Ed O'Neill as||Eric Baker||Governor of Pennsylvania|
|Elisabeth Moss as||Zoey Patricia Bartlet||Bartlets' youngest daughter|
|Sam Robards as||Greg Brock||Reporter|
|Steve Ryan as||Miles Hutchinson||Secretary of Defense|
|Brett Cullen as||Ray Sullivan||Republican Candidate for Vice President|
|Mark L. Taylor as||Steve Rorsche||DNC Chairman|
|Tim Kelleher as||Dylan Clark||Hoynes Campaign Manager|
|Renée Estevez as||Nancy||Aide|
|Karis Campbell as||Ronna (Beckman)||Santos' Aide|
|Mindy Seeger as||Chris||Reporter|
|Charles Noland as||Steve||Reporter|
|Joyce Guy as||Charlayne||Reporter|
|David St. James as||Congressman Gibson||Darren (first name) / R-MI|
|Matt McKenzie as||Speaker 2||Republican Convention|
|Nancy Linari as||Speaker 3||Republican Convention|
|David Grant Wright as||Kelwick||Edwin Austin (given name) /
"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
"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
"That, we think, is interesting territory, when you look at who is likely to replace you and realize that you need to stay above the fray and, at the same time, you're not happy with the direction the election is going in," Wells says.
" In 'West Wing' time, it's more"
by Virginia Rohan
October 20, 2004
Wells felt he wasn't playing sides in the campaign by crafting a good guy/bad guy scenario. "We've set up both candidates as someone you'd like to have a beer with," he said.
"Alan Alda eager to run 'The West Wing'"
by Bill Brioux
January 22, 2005
"I just recently read for 'The West Wing,' for the part of the chairman of the Democratic National Committee," said the 1967 graduate of Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond.
Although he hasn't won a role on NBC's "The West Wing," [Ray] Laska has apparently left an impression.
"They keep bringing me in to read for them because the casting people like me," Laska noted.
"Native son lands role of lifetime on 'Boston Legal'"
by Bob Kostanczuk
March 12, 2005
"It's giving us an opportunity to explore different points of view," he says, "and express in two actors different ideas that might have been a little bit difficult to express on the show over the years, because we are in a Democratic administration, the Bartlet administration, and so the Republicans are usually the enemy. No matter how favorably or with how much compassion you try to present that other point of view, you're trying to defeat them.
"In this, we now have a contest in which there's a discussion going on in which both points of view are presented. Oftentimes the Republican point of view sounds very, very compelling, particularly coming out of Alan's mouth."
"'West Wing' Hits Campaign Trail"
by Kate O'Hare
February 20, 2005
"That's one of the issues that we're going to deal with. The real fear of Democrats in any election is that you would have a Republican who actually came from a more moderate state. The reason that we crafted this is, when we talked to the Democrats about the kind of person they never want to run against, it's someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger or someone from a large, typically Democratic state who's likely to carry that state. Because if you don't get the 52 electoral college votes out of California or out of New York, you're in trouble."
"Liberal leanings - Can Republicans get a fair shake in 'West Wing' elections?"
by Scott D. Pierce
March 18, 2005