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Howard Dean Karl Rove spar at Texas league GAC
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (2/18/11)--More than 200 Texas credit union activists and 100 legislators and staff were entertained by two of the top political minds in the country during the Texas Credit Union League’s Signature Dinner on Tuesday at the league’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).
Click to view larger image Howard Dean (left) and Karl Rove (right) with Texas Credit Union League President/CEO Dick Ensweiler and his wife, Judy. (Photo provided by the Texas Credit Union League)
Howard Dean, former presidential candidate, Democratic National Committee Chair, and Vermont governor, and Karl Rove, former White House official and political adviser to President George W. Bush, squared off in a 75-minute debate on some of the hottest political issues of the day. The debate was moderated by Evan Smith, leader of Texas Monthly and current CEO of the Texas Tribune. The league’s GAC is held every other year to coincide with the Texas legislative session. Austin resident Rove had the “home team advantage,” particularly given the most recent election in which Texas Republicans have a majority in the State House and Senate. Dean, however, pointed out he is a long-time credit union member and proudly wore an “I love my Credit Union” button, then took the first few swings in a debate before a capacity crowd. “It was a fabulous evening that had everyone on the edge of their seats” said league President/CEO Dick Ensweiler. “Our lawmakers and their staffs sat with their constituents--credit union leaders across the state. Everyone really enjoyed the fireworks of these two political powerhouses.” Rove and Dean debated issues such as the root causes of the economic crisis, the situation in Egypt, and illegal immigration legislation, and forecast possible 2012 presidential election scenarios. Both agreed that if unemployment is reduced to less than 8% by 2012, President Barack Obama stands a strong chance to be re-elected, but unemployment levels above an 8% rate would make re-election much tougher.


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