Howard Dean to Replace Robert Gibbs in Debate with Karl Rove on Oct. 22

Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and former chair of the Democratic National Committee, will square off in a foreign policy debate with veteran Republican adviser Karl Rove at Duke University’s Page Auditorium Oct. 22.

Dean replaces Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser of Obama’s since his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, who is unable to attend.

The debate, presented by the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship, will address “What’s at Stake for America’s Global Role in the 2012 Election” and will be moderated by Duke professor Peter Feaver.

This 5 p.m. event takes place just hours before the presidential debate on foreign policy.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. Tickets can be obtained in person at the Duke Box Office in the Bryan Center or, for a $6 processing fee, at Parking will be available for $5 in the Bryan Center parking garage.

Dean, a physician, served six terms as governor of Vermont.  He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009.

Rove served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush from 2000-07 and deputy chief of staff from 2004-07.

Feaver, a professor of political science and public policy, is the director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. From 2005-07, he was special adviser for strategic planning and institutional reform on the National Security Council staff at the Bush White House.

This lecture is sponsored by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. with support from the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, the Duke Office of Global Strategy and Programs, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the College Republicans, the College Democrats, the Duke International Relations Association and the Hamilton Society.

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Editor's Note: Filming is prohibited except during introductory remarks and during the first five minutes of the debate. Media may remain to hear remarks, but all taping devices must be turned off. Photography will be permitted during the first 10 minutes of the event. Rove and Gibbs will not be available for interviews. Media planning to attend the event should contact Karen Kemp at (919) 613-7394 by no later than Oct. 19.