Pittsburgh – In one corner, the architect of President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns. In the other, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, whose “50-State Strategy” helped the party take back Congress in 2006 and elect President Barack Obama in 2008.
Karl Rove and Howard Dean will close out the 2010-11 Pittsburgh Speakers Series, presented by Robert Morris University, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh. Each will speak and have the opportunity to address the other’s comments, a first for the Pittsburgh Speakers Series.
Rove served as senior advisor to President Bush from 2000–2007 and deputy chief of staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was deputy chief of staff for policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.
Before Rove became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes, and nonprofit groups. His clients included more than 75 Republican U.S. Senate, House, and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden.
Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, is a Newsweek columnist, and is the author of the forthcoming book, Courage and Consequence.
Dean served as governor of Vermont from 1991-2003. He rose to national prominence when he launched an insurgent bid for the 2004 Democratic nomination for president.
He founded Democracy for America in 2004 to build on the groundswell of support and the wave of new energy sweeping the Democratic party. And since that time, Democracy for America has been working with the grassroots to elect fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates to all levels of government − local, state, and federal − all over the country.
From 2005-2009, Dean was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was the architect of a "50-State Strategy," investing money and staff in every state − including those where Democrats had long fared poorly − to build party infrastructure and lay the groundwork for electoral gains. The Obama campaign, working with DNC organizers in all 50 states, won several states that had not elected a Democratic president in decades, including Virginia, North Carolina, and Indiana.