Heard on Campus: Howard Dean and Karl Rove

October 28, 2009

"I don't worry how the electorate characterizes themselves. What really matters is how they feel about the president. Polls are just snapshots and the president has only been in office for 10 months. The one that counts is the midterm poll. I think Obama is in great shape."

-- Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, answering a question about recent polls taken that claim more Americans are becoming conservative.

"The increase of conservatism in the United States is the reaction to Obama's policies. Better than two-to-one, people are against public health care. We have the best health care system in the world."

-- Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush, rebutting Dean's remarks. The two politicians spoke and debated on health care on Tuesday evening, Oct. 27, in Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium, to an audience of several hundred students and community members. Rove and Dean were the second speakers in this year's Distinguished Speaker Series. For more information about the series, go to http://www.spa.psu.edu/dss.html.

  • Karl Rove (left) and Howard Dean speak to members of the media prior to their debate Tuesday night at Eisenhower Auditorium.

    IMAGE: Geoff Rushton
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