National Pundits, Reporters And Strategists Gather For UH Center For Public Policy Discussion On Presidential Election

The University of Houston Center for Public Policy (CPP) will host a panel discussion on the upcoming presidential election featuring national experts on political communication and strategy. The luncheon will be held at noon, Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Federal Reserve Bank, 1801 Allen Parkway, and will be moderated by Professor Richard Murray, director of the CPP's Survey Research Institute.

Panelists include:

  • Kathy Kiely, political correspondent for USA Today, who has covered the campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain and is a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN
  • Richard Durham, Washington bureau reporter for the Houston Chronicle, who covers politics and strategy
  • Patrick C. Oxford, chairman of Bracewell & Giuliani and active in the gubernatorial and presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Rudy Giuliani
  • Fred Baron, leading national Democratic Party fundraiser, most recently for John Edwards. He is considered one of the nation's most prominent trial lawyers

"The upcoming presidential election is unique in many ways and it has generated unprecedented interest from a multitude of populations," CPP director Jim Granato said. "As voters, it's important to seek out varied perspectives on the candidates. We're honored to have a top-notch panel to provide such insight."

This event is open to the public and sponsorship opportunities are available. Individual tickets are $100. Funds raised will support the programs of CPP, which include non-biased data and policy analysis to the region's public officials, business professionals and community leaders.

Media are welcome to attend. However, due to security at the Federal Reserve Bank, names must be submitted to the CPP prior to the event. Contact Mike Angel at or at 713-743-3976 for details.

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WHAT UH Center for Public Policy Luncheon and Panel Discussion on the 2008 Presidential Election
WHEN Noon, Thursday, Oct. 16
Check in begins at 11 a.m.
WHERE Federal Reserve Bank
1801 Allen Parkway, 77019