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Howard Dean, Fred Thompson Debate at SVC New Horizons Series Oct. 25

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Posted: Monday Sep 10, 2012

September 10, 2012

Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and Democratic presidential contender, will debate Fred Thompson, former U.S. senator from Tennessee, actor on Law and Order and Republican presidential contender, at the Saint Vincent College New Horizons Speakers Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 25 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Mr. Dean, former DNC Chairman, presidential candidate, six term Governor and physician, currently works as an Independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world.

He also serves as a CNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America. He began his career in public service in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont. Dean served as Governor for 12 years - the second longest serving in the state.

Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Mr. Dean was chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association and the New England Governors' Conference while he served as Governor of Vermont. Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003 where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the Internet.

As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Dean created and implemented the “50 State Strategy” and the development of 21st century campaign tools. He is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the Party by building and strengthening the organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure required to win while laying the foundation for a long-term Democratic majority.

Before entering politics, Mr. Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1971, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vermont.

He is married to Dr. Judy Steinberg and they have two children, Anne and Paul.

Fred Thompson is one of the most respected and visible figures speaking out on the important challenges facing America today. Mr. Thompson’s uniquely American life has been marked not only by recognizing opportunity when it arose, but by answering the call to public service and leadership. His dedication to law and passion for the founding principles that laid America’s foundation led him to serve for eight years as a Senator from Tennessee and to his recent presidential campaign.

Elected to the United States Senate in 1994, his independent approach to campaigning has become legendary; he refused to play by the establishment’s political rules. Driving a red pickup truck, he took to the highways and back roads of the Volunteer State, talking to Tennessee citizens from the back of what became the symbol of his campaign. Mr. Thompson spoke about the need for a competent and ethical federal government, reminding voters of the importance of self-government and lower taxes. His effort paid off; he defeated a 6-term Congressman by a large margin of victory.

Two years later, the people of Tennessee returned him to office with more votes than any candidate for any office in the state’s history at that time. Serving as Chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Finance Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence, Mr. Thompson focused on lowering taxes, strengthening national security, and cutting wasteful government spending. In the tradition of President George Washington, a leader Mr. Thompson had admired growing up, he walked away from an easy reelection victory in 2002 to seek new challenges.

Prior to his election, Mr. Thompson maintained law offices in Nashville and Washington. Earlier in his career, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tennessee. In 1973, he was appointed by Senator Howard Baker to serve as Minority Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee where Thompson first gained national attention for leading the line of inquiry that revealed the audio-taping system in the White House Oval Office. He detailed his Watergate experience in his Watergate memoir, At That Point in Time. In 1974, after the Watergate hearings concluded, Thompson returned to the practice of law.

Mr. Thompson first appeared on screen in the film “Marie” in 1985, portraying himself in the fact-based story of a high-profile public corruption case he handled in Tennessee. Since then, he has appeared in numerous movies and television programs, including “No Way Out,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Die Hard II,” “Days of Thunder” and “The Hunt for Red October” and the television series “China Beach,” “Wiseguy,” and “Matlock.” Recently, he has become known for his portrayal of New York District Attorney Arthur Branch on the Emmy Award-winning NBC drama, “Law and Order.”

The New Horizons Speakers Series is made possible through the support of the Saint Vincent College Office of Student Affairs in cooperation with the Student Government Association and the first Year Seminar Program. The Series is designed to present nationally-recognized speakers who have distinguished themselves in a variety of fields. The mission of the Series is to encourage the development of a balanced approach to a liberal arts education that seamlessly combines academic and student life.

Further information is available from the Office of Campus Life, 724 805-2094, campus.life@stvincent.edu.

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Photos: Howard Dean and Fred Thompson 

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