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David Axelrod & Karl Rove
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Common GroundKarl Rove and David Axelrod, two highly regarded political strategists with different points of view, discussed current issues on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page moderated the program.

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David Axelrod

David Axelrod began his career in politics in 1984 and is best known for his work as senior advisor to President Barack Obama and senior strategist for Obama’s historic campaign for the presidency in 2008 and his re-election in 2012. He is currently director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and a senior political commentator for CNN.

Karl Rove

Karl Rove has more than four decades of political experience, including service as senior advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000 to 2007 and deputy chief of staff from 2004 to 2007. At the White House, he coordinated the Bush Administration’s policy-making process and oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs.


Susan Page

Susan Page is the Washington Bureau chief for USA Today where she writes about politics and the White House. Page has covered six White House administrations and 10 presidential elections. She has interviewed the past nine presidents — from Richard Nixon through Donald Trump — and reported from six continents and dozens of countries. She regularly appears as an analyst on PBS, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR and elsewhere.

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