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American Conservative Union Chief to Discuss 'Can the Republican Party Survive George W. Bush?,' April 5

March 25, 2006

David Keene.gifMarch 25, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - "Bush's compassionate conservatism has morphed into big government conservatism, and that isn't what the base is looking for," David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month. On Wednesday, April 5, Keene will visit DePauw University as a guest of The Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. Lecture Series. Keene's presentation, "Can the Republican Party Survive George W. Bush?," begins at 4:15 p.m. in the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media's Watson Forum and is free and open to all.

"The White House and the congressional leadership have got to reinvigorate the Republican base," Keene continued in his comments to the Chronicle. "In off-year elections... if your base isn't energized, particularly in a relatively evenly divided electorate, you've got more problems than you think you have."

The American Conservative Union is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. David Keene also serves as a lobbyist with the Carmen Group, a governmental affairs and legislative relations firm based in Washington, D.C.

Keene has been involved in presidential politics since 1968. He worked in the White House during the Nixon administration as political assistant to Vice President Spiro Agnew and on Capitol Hill as executive assistant to Senator James L. Buckley. As southern regional coordinator for Ronald Reagan in 1976 and national political director for George Bush in 1980, Keene won recognition for his skill as a political organizer and strategist. He also served as a senior political consultant to Republican presidential candidate Robert Dole in 1988 and was an informal advisor during the 1996 campaign.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, David Keene has written extensively on U.S. politics, is a regular guest on political talk shows and news segments, and writes a regular column for The Hill, a newspaper covering Congress. He has been a John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University and was a visiting professional scholar at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Keene has visited DePauw twice in recent years, as a Crain Lecturer on April 26, 2004 and he participated in the first-ever Crain Debate April 10, 2005.

Endowed by Rance Crain, president of Crain Communications and a member of DePauw's Class of 1960, The Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. Lecture Series honors Mr. Crain's parents. Charles Moskos

Previous Crain Lecturers have included: television documentary producer Matilda Bode; Wall Street Journal reporter and 1996 DePauw graduate Aaron Lucchetti, who discussed his experiences covering Hurricane Katrina; award-winning reporter Jerry Mitchell and civil rights activist Rita Bender, the widow of slain civil rights worker Michael Schwerner; Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide; Emily Wax, Africa Bureau Chief of the Washington Post, and her husband, Raymond Thibodeaux, who also covers the region for Cox News, Voice of America and the Boston Globe; Father Richard P. McBrien, Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and a consultant to ABC News for papal events; political analyst Charlie Cook; FactCheck.org director Brooks Jackson; military sociologist Charles Moskos (seen at right); historian Douglas Brinkley, author of Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War; and Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean's presidential campaign.

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