Karl Rove References DePauw Visit in His Wall Street Journal Column

Karl Rove References DePauw Visit in His Wall Street Journal Column

September 16, 2009

Also: Karl Rove and Howard Dean Debate Issues at DePauw

127_8052_20090911.JPGSeptember 16, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "On Friday, I was at DePauw University in Indiana debating former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean," writes Karl Rove in his Wall Street Journal opinion column. The former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush continues, "It was two days after Barack Obama's big speech before a joint session of Congress and Mr. Dean is a strong advocate for his party's agenda and a medical doctor, so I expected him to defend the president's idea of adding a 'trigger' to health-care reform to ease its passage and thereby guarantee a government takeover of our health-care system. But Mr. Dean turned out to be tougher on triggers than I was. He called them a 'terrible' idea."

According to Rove, "It's now becoming clear that Mr. Obama's speech failed to rally voters and failed to inspire Democrats to follow their president's lead. And while the fissures are small now (Mr. Dean's worry seems to be that triggers would give too much away to Republicans), they will likely widen Rove Dean Hands Ubben AT.jpgunless the president shows that his policies will do what his campaign did expand the pool of voters in favor of Democrats."

Read the complete essay at the newspaper's Web site.

An estimated 2,000 people gathered to see Friday's Rove-Dean debate, which took place in Kresge Auditorium of DePauw's Green Center for the Performing Arts and was presented by the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series. A summary -- including video clips and photos -- can be accessed here, and a webcast of the complete program will remain available for a limited time via this link.

Media coverage of the debate is detailed in this story.