Xavier invites national political strategists to discuss the 2008 presidential election

Donna Brazile (D), Mike Murphy (R), Joe Trippi (D) and John Kasich (R) are the featured panelists for | October 3, 2008

Xavier University is hosting a panel presentation with four nationally known political experts discussing the historic nature of this year’s campaign. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Schiff Conference Center at Xavier’s Cintas Center.

Xavier University seeks 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 historic presidential campaigns 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 can articulate today’s issues and the strategies evolving from each party. The discussion, "A Closer Look at Election 2008," will be moderated by Roger Fortin, Academic Vice President and Provost of Xavier University. Fortin is also a history professor.

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. She’s 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 is an investment banker on Wall Street and hosts "Heartland with John Kasich" on the Fox News Channel. He 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.

Reservations for the event are strongly recommended. To make your reservation, send an e-mail to politicsandpubliclife@xavier.edu. To learn more about the panelists and the event, visit the event’s web site at www.xavier.edu/campaign08.