|Alan Alda as||Arnold Vinick||Republican Candidate for President|
|Bradley Whitford as||Josh (Joshua) Lyman||Santos / McGarry Campaign Manager|
Jimmy Smits as
|Matthew Vincente Santos||Democratic Candidate for President|
|Special Guest Stars|
|Janeane Garofalo as||Louise "Lou" Thornton||Media Consultant|
|Patricia Richardson as||Sheila Brooks||Vinick / Sullivan Campaign Manager|
|Ron Silver as||Bruno Gianelli||Vinick / Sullivan Campaign Strategist|
|Brett Cullen as||Ray Sullivan||Republican Candidate for Vice President|
|William Russ as||Dan||Vinick / Sullivan Campaign Staffer|
|Julian Acosta as||Leon Montero||Vinick / Sullivan Campaign Staffer|
|Matthew Del Negro as||Bram (Howard)||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|Peter MacKenzie as||George Rohr||American Christian Assembly|
|Chris Matthews as||Himself|
|Tom Everett as||Charles Frost||CIA / NSC|
|Gavin Glennon as||Secret Service Agent|
|Annie Morgan as||Anne||Vinick Staffer|
|Becky Meister as||TV Reporter||Sally|
|Sumalee Montano as||Vinick Reporter #1|
|Timothy Davis-Reed as||Vinick Reporter #2||Mark O'Donnell|
|Ben Siegler as||Vinick Reporter #3||George|
|Colette O'Connell as||Ellen Trayers||Boston Globe Reporter|
|Kris Murphy as||Santos Reporter #1||Katie Witt|
|Phil Trask, Jr. as||Santos Reporter #2||Kevin|
|Micheal Earl Reid as||Harley Parker||Minuteman|
|Alicia-Lee as||Senate Reporter #1|
|Ken Michelman as||Ted Zukoski||Chicago Tribune Reporter|
A poll conducted by the real-life political pollsters Zogby International found that Santos of Houston holds a 16-point lead over his Republican rival from California, played by Alan Alda.
"I'm very flattered by that, but considering the polls in the recent elections I only put so much credence in them," says Smits, 49.
"Smits might be next 'president'"
by Diane Holloway
March 4, 2005
"I'm very flattered by that and Zogby's very respected as we all know, but considering the effect that polls had on the 2000 election and the more recent election, I can only put so much credence into the polls," he [Jimmy Smits] said, then laughing.
"Popular vote gives election to Smits' Santos on 'West Wing'"
by Sarah Rodman
April 6, 2005
Some Boeing Co.employees in Long Beach will get their shot at 15 seconds of fame today.
NBC's "The West Wing" will film part of an episode in Boeing's C-17 assembly plant, and a number of employees will appear as extras. No special acting ability is required - they'll be playing Boeing employees.
"Orange County business briefs"
September 17, 2005
Orange County Register
Actor Ron Silver says he has had fewer movie offers and dinner invitations since he parted political company with his Hollywood colleagues and spoke at the Republican National Convention last year.
Silver is currently shooting episodes for the television series "The West Wing," in which his character, formerly a Democratic consultant, crosses the aisle to work for the Republican candidate played by Alan Alda.
"Just another case," he said with a laugh, "of art imitating life."
"Silence isn't golden for Silver"
by Maggie Farley
September 20, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Matthews, to his unconcealed delight, will soon add another string to his bow. At the start of next month he will appear in the hit TV series "The West Wing." Senator Arnold Vinick, the fictional Republican presidential contender played by Alan Alda, will be subjected to a "Hardball" interrogation:
"I was smiling through it," Matthews laughed. "They wanted me to be tougher. By the fourth take they said it was perfect. But Alan Alda was perfect in every one of the takes. He's a pro!"
"Host with a punch: Cult hero Matthews plays hardball across the board"
by Niall Stanage
October 4, 2005
O'Donnell, who was charged with writing Vinick, called it "my greatest pleasure on 'The West Wing,' especially since I once said that it would never be a Republican political show."
He said his mind was changed after attending the 2004 GOP convention in New York and seeing the party's future in people like former New Jersey governor Christie Whitman, mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: politicians who are liberal on some issues, conservative on others.
"Sun sets on 'West Wing'"
by Aaron Barnhart
May 14, 2006
Kansas City Star