Pacific University's Tom McCall Forum

‘Things are Out of Whack in DC’

In 2006, the Tom McCall Forum will focus on status of Democratic system

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 8 p.m.

Pacific University Tom McCall ForumPat Buchanan and Tom Daschle face off on the question 'Does Our System Work?'

With the D.C. Beltway garnering skeptical headlines daily, the 2006 edition of Pacific University’s Tom McCall Forum seems ever more relevant. Following in its tradition of staging great liberal vs. conservative debates, the Forum will focus on “Democracy at the Crossroads: Does Our System Work?”

“With the revelations of warrant-less spying on Americans by the NSA, CIA and other federal agencies, the crisis of confidence in the Bush administration has deepened,” said Russ Dondero, professor emeritus and founder of the Tom McCall Forum. “While the likely nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court signals an administration victory, this is probably the lull before the storm. Given the debate over spying on Americans, the Abramoff lobbying scandal and the continuing saga of Tom DeLay and Scooter Libby, most of the news is bad news for the Bush White House. Finally, the unsettled nature of the war in Iraq continues to bedevil the administration, noted most recently by the resignation of the main judge in the Saddam Hussein trial. And on the eve of the ‘06 elections, the biggest stink bomb for Congress and the Administration is the Medicare prescription drug fiasco. Wherever you look, things are out of whack in D.C.”

The 24th annual public affairs forum will feature Pat Buchanan and Tom Daschle. Buchanan, an author and conservative commentator, is the founder of The American Cause. Daschle served in the United States Congress and Senate as a Democrat from South Dakota from 1978 to 2005.

With Wells Fargo again the presenting sponsor, the Tom McCall Forum will be held Wednesday, February 22, 8 p.m., at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland.

Tickets for the Forum are available through the Pacific University box office at 503-352-2918 or through Ticketmaster at  Prices are $20 or $25.

Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan was a senior advisor to three American Presidents (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan) and ran unsuccessfully for the 1992 Republican presidential nomination. Buchanan has written six books and has been a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" and host of Mutual Radio's "Buchanan & Co." In February 1993, Buchanan founded The American Cause, an educational foundation dedicated to the principles of freedom, federalism, limited government, traditional values and a foreign policy that puts America first.

Thomas A. Daschle

Thomas A. Daschle was elected as a Democrat to Congress from South Dakota in 1978 and reelected to three succeeding terms (1979-1987). He ran successfully for the Senate in 1986 and was reelected in 1992 and 1998 (serving 1987-2005). He served as co-chair of the Democratic Policy Committee, Democratic Conference (1989-1999); minority leader (1995-2001; 2003-2005); and majority leader (2001-2003). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2004.

Created in 1982 by the students and faculty of Pacific University's Politics and Law Forum, the Tom McCall Forum has become the premier public affairs event in the Northwest, drawing national political figures each year to Portland for a spirited debate between a liberal and a conservative of national interest. Previous debaters have included Molly Ivins, William Kristol, Bill Bradley, David Gergen, Ralph Nader, Newt Gingrich, Ralph Reed, Alan Dershowitz, James Carville, Mary Matalin, William Safire, John Sununu, Pierre Salinger, Robert Bork, Jesse Jackson, Mario Cuomo, and Dan Quayle.

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Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, is one of the West's first chartered higher education institutions. Pacific annually ranks as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is ranked as one of the best tuition values in the West. With an enrollment of more than 2,500 students, Pacific University provides an excellent academic experience linking theory to practice in education.

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