“I’m an Independent,” Tapper told The Daily Beast, when asked how he’s registered to vote in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and three children. “I’ve long been an Independent. And I am an independent by thought also.”
Tapper said his politics have evolved since he was an aide a quarter century ago to Democratic Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky (now Marjorie Margolies), Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, and a family friend from his hometown of Philadelphia. He was also a public relations advocate for a gun control group.
“When I was younger, I had political views, but I’m almost 50 and you’re reaching back to when I was less than half that age,” Tapper said. “The longer I have spent in Washington, D.C., the more I’ve realized that no party owns a premium in ideas or ethical behavior, and I don’t look at either party and think that it represents my views.”
As for John Podesta’s moniker for him, “I would say probably there were people who were my high school teachers and can relate to that accusation about me,” he said. “But in general, the way I am to authority figures is not necessarily how I am in real life.”