November 21, 2016 Press Releases and Announcements

Grover Norquist, Jim Connaughton, and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) to Join GU Politics for Counterpoint Events to Exit Interview Series


by GU Politics

The Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy is excited to host events on the economy, climate change, and health care reform with three leading Republicans, as part of its Exit Interview series examining the political and policy record of the Obama Administration.

The Exit Interview conversations, conducted this fall through Inauguration Day, have brought senior White House and Cabinet officials to Georgetown to discuss the Obama record on national security, criminal and social justice, health care reform, the economy, climate change, and reforming the political culture in Washington. The Counterpoint events feature elected officials and other high profile figures with an alternative perspective on the Obama Administration's record in these key policy areas.

“We wanted to ensure a balanced and robust examination of the policy and political areas we’ve been exploring with Obama administration officials,” said Mo Elleithee (SFS, ‘94), Executive Director of GU Politics. “We are thrilled to welcome these distinguished guests to the Hilltop.”

Upcoming Counterpoint events include:

The Exit Interview: The Counterpoint on The Economy with Grover Norquist
Founder and President, Americans for Tax Reform
Wednesday, November 30th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Old North 205
(In response to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s Exit Interview held on November 17)

The Exit Interview: The Counterpoint on Climate Change with Jim Connaughton
Former Chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality, President George W. Bush
Thursday, December 1st from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Old North 205
(In response to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s and Senior Advisor to the President Brian Deese’s scheduled Exit Interview on November 29)

The Exit Interview: The Counterpoint on Health Care Reform with Senator John Barrasso (COL’74, G’78)
U.S. Senator (R-WY)

Monday, December 5th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Old North 205
(In response to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s Exit Interview held on October 26)

“The Exit Interview” series features Cabinet Secretaries and senior Obama White House officials exploring the administration’s successes, challenges, and regrets in various policy areas, highlighting initiatives and goals to accomplish in the home stretch of the administration, as well as offering advice for the next administration.

GU Politics has already conducted one Exit Interview Counterpoint event with former Congressman Mike Rogers, in response to Ambassador Susan Rice’s Exit Interview on national security.

Additional counterpoint events will be announced in the coming days. At the conclusion of the series, GU Politics will publish transcripts of all Exit Interviews and Counterpoint events, as well as make available a video archive, in what is expected to be the first oral history of the Obama Administration.

Join the conversation online by tagging @GUPolitics and #TheExitInterview.

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