WASHINGTON (11/13/12)--National political stars Haley Barbour and Terry McAuliffe will face off in an entertaining and thought-provoking point-counterpoint political discussion at the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).
Barbour has served as governor of Mississippi and chairman of both the Republican Governors Association and Republican National Committee. Barbour, who was once called "the most powerful Republican in politics," has been hailed as one of the country's top political strategists. He is also respected for his work on Mississippi job creation, health care, education and energy, and his handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Bill Clinton's re-election committee, most recently led Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. McAuliffe has been called the most successful political fundraiser of all time, having, under his tenure as chairman of the DNC, raised more than $535 million for an ailing Democratic Party, breaking all previous records for funds raised by either party. He now works as the founder and chairman of GreenTech Automotive, an electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturing company.
Barbour and McAuliffe, having first encountered one another in the 1990s while respectively attacking and defending Clinton, became friends as well as competitors and are accustomed to sharing a stage.
NBC News anchor and best-selling author Tom Brokaw and award-winning personal finance journalist and author Jean Chatzky are also scheduled to speak on that same stage, and more speakers and session topics will be added to the 2013 GAC lineup in the weeks to come.
ABBA tribute band ABBA The Concert will kick off the 2013 GAC on Feb. 24.
The 2013 GAC will run until Feb. 28 at the Washington Convention Center. The 2013 GAC theme, Powerful Cause, Positive Effect, reflects the credit union commitment to the 95 million working Americans who rely on credit unions every day.
CUNA's GAC is the credit union movement's premier political event and its largest national conference, each year providing more than 4,000 credit union executives and board members an opportunity to hear influential leaders from Congress, presidential administrations and federal regulatory agencies.
GAC attendees will also have the chance to meet directly with their members of Congress in Washington.
Recognized as the key conference to attend for political impact, credit union networking and industry updates, the GAC also offers a wide array of educational breakout sessions, the industry's largest exhibitor showcase, guest/family programs to tour Washington's sights, and special entertainment including an opening concert and the closing Gala Reception and Dance.
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Registration is now open for CUNA's GAC, which features presentations by top federal lawmakers and regulators, as well as break-out sessions on key credit union issues.
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