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Jan. 26, 2007

CUA Students Participate in NPR's "Talk of the Nation"

Ed Gillespie, Donna Brazile Discuss Political Partisanship

CUA students with Ed Gillespie and Donna Brazile at NPR studio in Northwest Washington, D.C.
Thirteen CUA students were part of a National Public Radio studio audience for a discussion on Jan. 25 between Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, and Donna Brazile, chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute, about whether partisanship has a place in politics.

The students had the chance to ask questions during the taping of Talk of the Nation, NPR's national news-talk call-in show. Kevin Walling, president of CUA's College Democrats, stepped up to a microphone, noted the bipartisan tone of President George W. Bush's State of the Union address earlier this week and asked about the changing relationship between Bush and U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Gillespie, a CUA graduate and former chair of the Republican National Committee, admitted that he didn't know a great deal about their relationship, but he added that Bush's recognition of Pelosi as the House's first female speaker was "a nice note" in his State of the Union speech.

The discussion was part of NPR's week-long special series called "Crossing the Divide," which has focused on bringing people together with different points of view. The Talk of the Nation audience also included students from several other Washington, D.C.-area universities.

Following the show, the CUA students talked informally with Gillespie and Brazile, who served as Al Gore's campaign manager in 2000. CUA student Matt Rooney, a member of the College Republicans, had brought his copy of Gillespie's book, "Winning Right: Campaign Politics and Conservative Policies," published last year.

"Good book," quipped Gillespie, who signed it for Rooney.

To listen to the Jan. 25 broadcast of Talk of the Nation, visit NPR broadcasts the show to 290 stations and 600,000 listeners around the country.


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,