Howard Dean, the former emphatic Democratic Committee Chairman, and ex-Bush administration mastermind Karl Rove are set to go head-to-head next month on the CU Boulder campus. And considering that the two rest on opposite ends of the political spectrum, their faceoff promises to be quite the show.
Dean, the former progressive governor of Vermont made infamous for his public conjuring of overzealous liberal spirits during an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2004 -- "and we're going to Colorado, heyah!" -- is sure to rally some support in liberal Boulder. But Rove, who is known most for his imperial envelopment of the neo-conservative view-point,and his incurable fear of sunlight, might hear crickets.
Chirp, chirp. Better bus in Colorado Springs. Get details in the press release below:
Howard Dean and Karl Rove to Debate Current Events at CU-Boulder Feb. 15
Howard Dean, former Democratic National Committee chairman, and Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, will debate current events on Monday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Macky Auditorium.
Doors for the event, which will be moderated by CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, will open at 6:45 p.m. CU-Boulder's student-run Distinguished Speakers Board is sponsoring the event.
Rove and Dean will debate topics including health care and education reform. Questions addressed to both speakers during the debate will be randomly selected from e-mail suggestions sent to the Distinguished Speakers Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"As a student group funded through the University of Colorado Student Union, we specifically chose Howard Dean and Karl Rove to address timely issues important to CU students such as health care and education reform," said Juliet Kroll, chair of the Distinguished Speakers Board. "This is our first event with two speakers, and we are excited to provide insight from both sides of the political spectrum to encourage discussion and debate, which is central to a university environment."
Tickets are expected to go on sale on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The most up-to-date ticket information will be available at castle.colorado.edu/dsb.
CU-Boulder students can purchase general admission tickets for $1 at The Connection, located on the first floor of the University Memorial Center. The public can purchase general community tickets for $15, or priority seating tickets for $20 by visiting ticketswest.com/ or in person at any Denver-area King Soopers and selected City Market stores.
If the event sells out, a live, free broadcast will be shown in the UMC's Glenn Miller Ballroom. Tickets for the broadcast also will be required and will be available the night of the event at Macky Auditorium or in front of the Glenn Miller Ballroom.
"Our goal is to bring in speakers who will intellectually stimulate the university community, and inspire students outside of the classroom," said Taylor Coughlin, secretary of the Distinguished Speakers Board. "Karl Rove and Howard Dean will offer unique perspectives, and we hope the student body and community will be able to absorb a better understanding of each political figure. We hope that guests will walk away from this lively debate with a broader perspective and a newfound appreciation of a different perspective."
Dean served as governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003 and was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. While chairman he created and employed the 50-state strategy with the goal of making Democrats competitive in usually conservative states. A physician with a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dean also made an unsuccessful run for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination.
A longtime Republican political strategist, Rove is often credited with helping in the successful presidential campaigns of 2000 and 2004. He also is credited with helping guide former President George W. Bush to a win in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election. Since leaving the White House in 2007, Rove has worked as a commentator and contributor for several media outlets, including Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. His book "Courage and Consequence" is scheduled for publication in March. For more information about the event contact the Distinguished Speakers Board at 303-735-6653 or visit castle.colorado.edu/dsb.
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