Former Gore counsel Burson and Ambassador Schweich to headline VP Debate watch party at the law school

Bipartisan focus group will electronically rate the debate as it happens

Charles W. Burson, former counsel to the Vice President and assistant to the President and Chief of Staff at The White House, and Ambassador Thomas Schweich, special representative for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, are the lead commentators for the Washington University School of Law’s Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Student Commons of Anheuser-Busch Hall.

Burson, representing the Democratic party, and Schweich, representing the Republican party, will comment on advice they would have given their candidates in preparation for the debate.

While guests are watching the debate in the Student Commons, a 20 person focus group of bipartisan students will be watching the debate in the Faculty Seminar Room. The group will be asked to respond to how well they think the candidates did on the different topics raised using an electronic key pad.

After the debate, Burson and Schweich will do a recap and discuss the results of the focus group. This will be followed by a question and answer period.

Burson served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at the Monsanto Company and Attorney General for the State of Tennessee.

Schweich served the Bush administration as an ambassador for counternarcotics and justice reform in Afghanistan, as the government’s principal deputy assistant secretary (PDAS) for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and chief of staff to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Kent Syverud, dean of the law school, will moderate the event.

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