Xavier to Host National Strategists Discussing Historic 2008 Presidential Election

Donna Brazile (D), Joe Trippi (D), Michael Murphy (R) and John Kasich (R) to participate | October 1, 2008

Xavier University is hosting a panel presentation with four nationally known political experts discussing the historic nature of this year's campaign on Monday, October 20, 2008, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Schiff Conference Center of Xavier's Cintas Center. Panel members include Donna Brazile (D), Joe Trippi (D), Michael Murphy (R) and John Kasich (R). The discussion will be moderated by Roger Fortin, Academic Vice President and Provost of Xavier University.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a spot, please send an e-mail to politicsandpubliclife@xavier.edu. To learn more about Xavier's Institute for Politics & Public Life, please visit www.xavier.edu/politicsandpubliclife/

Xavier University's goal is to graduate people who have skills in and passion for public life whether at the local, state or national level. As part of its strong academic tradition, Xavier is presenting a broad, balanced, in-depth discussion of one of the most important and most historic presidential campaigns in our lifetime by top names from both major political parties.

Donna Brazile, Mike Murphy, Joe Trippi and John Kasich represent first-hand experience at the highest level of campaign politics and they can articulate today's issues and the strategies evolving from each party.

About the Panelists

Donna Brazile (D), chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, is also a senior political strategist and former campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000—the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign.

John Kasich (R) spent a combined 18 years in the Ohio State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Today he serves as an investment banker on Wall Street and hosts "Heartland with John Kasich" on the Fox News Channel and occasionally subs on the "The O'Reilly Factor."

Michael Murphy (R) has handled strategy and advertising for more than 26 successful senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns, including those of Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. He served as senior strategist for Sen. John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign and was senior strategist for Arnold Schwarzenegger's election as Governor of California.

The New Republic heralds Joe Trippi (D) as the man who "reinvented campaigning." In 2004, as the national campaign manager for Howard Dean's presidential campaign, Trippi pioneered the use of online technology to organize what became the largest grassroots movement in presidential politics.