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October 15, 2004

Professors Role-Playing George Bush and John Kerry
To Debate Economic Policy

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College faculty members James D. Miller and Roger T. Kaufman will assume the roles of presidential candidates George Bush and John Kerry Wednesday, Oct. 27, and debate the economic issues facing the nation.

The event, at 7:30 p.m. in Stoddard Hall Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Miller, an associate professor of economics, and Kaufman, professor and chair of the department of economics, will debate seven areas of economic policy: tax cuts, deficits, trade and outsourcing, energy and environment, education, Social Security and health care.

“We hope to clarify the economic arguments of each candidate,” said Kaufman. “In addition, we want students to see the practical applications of the economic theory we teach.”

The format will be similar to the presidential debates. For each topic, Miller and Kaufman will present two- to three-minute statements about the candidates’ programs, followed by a one-minute rebuttal each. The pair will take questions from the audience at three intervals during the debate.


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