Rove, Gibbs to face off in Duke debate

Posted October 1, 2012 5:02 p.m. EDT

— 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.