SOURCE: Center for U.S. Global Engagement

October 20, 2008 15:48 ET

Rendell and Lehman to Represent Obama and McCain at Impact '08 Forum

Following Non-Partisan Panel Discussion With Kissinger and Rubin, Presidential Campaign Surrogates Will Highlight Their Candidates' Perspectives on Global Challenges Facing America

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 20, 2008) -

Who & What: On Wednesday, October 22, 2008, prominent representatives from both presidential campaigns will address the Center for U.S. Global Engagement's Impact '08 in Pennsylvania forum following a non-partisan panel discussion with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell will speak on behalf of Sen. Barack Obama and former Navy Secretary and 9/11 Commission member John Lehman will speak on behalf of Sen. John McCain. The evening's program will be moderated by CNN Special Correspondent Frank Sesno and will include welcoming remarks by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and University of Pennsylvania President Dr. Amy Gutmann. More than 700 business, community and student leaders are expected to attend the event, which will be webcast live at

The Impact '08: Building a Better, Safer World initiative urges the 2008 presidential candidates to incorporate greater investments in global development and diplomacy as critical tools in America's engagement with the world. Impact '08 in Pennsylvania is a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. The Impact '08 in Pennsylvania Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Governor Rendell and former Governor Tom Ridge and includes more than 50 prominent business, community, and faith leaders. For more information on Impact '08 in Pennsylvania, visit

Where:  Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
        University of Pennsylvania
        3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

When:   Wednesday, October 22, 2008
        7:00 pm, Welcoming Remarks from Dr. Guttman and Mayor Nutter
        7:10 pm, Panel Discussion with Dr. Kissinger and Sec. Rubin
        8:10 pm, Remarks by Sec. Lehman
        8:25 pm, Remarks by Gov. Rendell
        8:40 pm, Program concludes

NOTE: Cameras must be pre-set no later than 6:45pm. Mult Box available. To register, please contact Jeff Berkowitz at or 202-730-4163. Valid press credentials required.

About the Center for U.S. Global Engagement

The Center for U.S. Global Engagement (, the educational arm of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, unites business, civic, military, faith-based, and political leaders around the country to broaden understanding of America's interests in building a better, safer world.

Impact '08: Building a Better, Safer World is the Center's national bipartisan initiative, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci, calling on all of the Presidential candidates to elevate and strengthen America's investments in global development and diplomacy.

About our partners:

The Annenberg School for Communication ( at the University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1959 through the generosity and vision of diplomat and philanthropist Walter Annenberg, is devoted to furthering our understanding of the role of communication in public life through research, education and service. Annenberg offers students a firm grounding in a wide range of approaches to the study of communication and its methods, drawn from both the humanities and the social sciences. It is an intellectual crossroads built on over forty years of interdisciplinary dialogue. Our doctoral program prepares students to make professional contributions to communication scholarship, research, and policy.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry ( is the largest broad based business advocacy group in the commonwealth with over 24,000 members and customers. The Chamber represents almost 50% of the private workforce in Pennsylvania and its membership ranges from Fortune 100 companies to sole proprietors and crosses all industry sectors.

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia ( is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to informing and engaging people of all ages on matters of national and international significance. Established in 1949, it provides education, discourse and information to audiences throughout greater Philadelphia. Membership is open to all who share its principles. The Council currently serves over 80 corporate members and more than 3,000 individual members, as well as presenting a nationally acclaimed education program that reaches over 2,600 students in 200 schools each year.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jeff Berkowitz