Dean v. Rove: DePauw University Hosts Policy Junkies’ Dream Fight


Howard Dean and Karl Rove will face off in a debate about America’s future on Friday, Sept. 11 on the campus of DePauw University (an Indiana Chamber member). The Greencastle Banner-Graphic reports:

Two heavyweights on the national political scene — Howard Dean, who recently completed a four-year term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Karl Rove, the former chief political adviser to President George W. Bush — are coming to DePauw University on Sept. 11. In a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture, the two men will engage in a debate on "America in 2009: Challenges and Opportunities." The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Green Center for the Performing Arts (605 S. College Avenue).

Like all Ubben Lectures, the program is free and open to all. Seating is general admission and no tickets are required.

A physician, Dean served as governor of Vermont from 1991-2003. His groundbreaking 2004 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and subsequent four years as chair of the Democratic National Committee have provided him with both an insider’s view and a reformer’s commitment to the economy, foreign trade policy and international relations.

As former chair of the National Governor’s Association, he also has vast knowledge of domestic issues. Governor Dean recently released a new book, Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Health Care Reform.

Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as "unique … no presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon." As deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President Bush, Rove solidified his reputation as a master strategist whose "game has always been long term," as columnist David Broder wrote, "and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match."

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