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Former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod goes “On the Issues”

As a political consultant, Axelrod has managed media and communications strategy for 150 local, state and national campaigns.

By - May 21st, 2015 10:10 am

MILWAUKEE – David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama and founding director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, will be the featured guest in an upcoming “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” Tuesday, June 2, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

A 40-year veteran of American politics and journalism, Axelrod was the senior strategist to then-Sen. Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served in the same role during the 2012 reelection campaign. He also served in the White House as senior adviser to the president.

As a political consultant, Axelrod has managed media and communications strategy for 150 local, state and national campaigns. Before working in politics, he was a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. In his 2015 book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Axelrod writes that he was drawn to politics because he believed “it was about big, noble ideas. It was about history and historic change.”

Today, Axelrod leads the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, which he hopes will inspire and train the next generation of leaders. During his visit to the Law School, Axelrod will discuss his book, his career, and current events in the world of politics. He will sign copies of his book for interested individuals immediately after the event.

Seating is at capacity for members of the general public; registration for a waiting list is available online. For those who can’t attend in person, a “watch now” button on the registration page will provide access to a live video stream.

Gousha, an award-winning television journalist, is the Law School’s distinguished fellow in law and public policy. His “On the Issues” series of conversations with newsmakers supports Marquette Law School’s commitment to serve as a modern-day public square for the city of Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

Through the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, public lectures by leading scholars and topical conferences — all open to the community — the Law School serves as a venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

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