Rove, Gibbs to face off in Duke debate

Posted October 1, 2012

— Veteran presidential advisers Karl Rove and Robert Gibbs will square off in a foreign policy debate at Duke University’s Page Auditorium at 5 p.m. Oct. 22.

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.

Rove served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush from 2000 to 2007 and deputy chief of staff from 2004 to 2007. He continues to serve as a political strategist, writes a weekly op-ed article for The Wall Street Journal and is a Fox News contributor.

Gibbs has been a senior adviser to President Barack Obama since his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, when Gibbs served as communications director. He has since served as the senior strategist for communications and messaging in the 2008 presidential campaign and as Obama's press secretary, and he is now the senior adviser to the president’s 2012 re-election campaign.

"This is a very special opportunity for the Duke community at a very important time for the country” Feaver, director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, said in a statement. “You will not find two more engaging advocates for the competing platforms that this election represents. Each brings a remarkable breadth of policy and political experience. I am very much looking forward to this conversation.”

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required for entry. Tickets are available Oct. 10 and 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.


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  • JoCo50 at MXR Oct 3, 2012

    "Gibbs boss has fired more cruise missles than all other Nobel Peace Prize winners combined." Milkman

    Yeah, but Yassir Arafat is way ahead on rockets lobbed into civilian cities and towns........and he also has a big lead in blown up school buses full of women and children.

  • baldchip Oct 3, 2012

    MAUTRY-AMEN-Gibbs is an absolute rookie compaired to Rove!!
    Gibbs will be Rove's lunch!!

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  • Milkman Oct 3, 2012

    Gibbs boss has fired more cruise missles than all other Nobel Peace Prize winners combined.

  • Milkman Oct 3, 2012

    Hmmm, foreign policy debate huh. So Gibbs denies that the attack on our ambassador in Libya was terrorists and Rove points out Gibbs boss doesn't even go to intelligence briefings.

  • Gork Oct 2, 2012

    I'm disappointed that Gibbs or anyone else would give Rove the time of day - he is a criminal and a repulsive, porky pig-like entity...

  • Brian Jenkins Oct 2, 2012

    WHat are they going to debate? Who kills more people or who will attack Iran first?

  • NoRespect Oct 2, 2012

    Karl Rove... spewing forth the raw political tripe that is today's Republican party. Gotta love it...

  • BeHereNow Oct 2, 2012

    Rove was one of the brains behind the Bush presidency. Obviously his accomplishments speak for themselves. :-p