Bloomberg panel to discuss jobs, economy and the 2012 election

March 21, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Columnists and editors from Bloomberg View will participate in an April 5 forum at Purdue University to discuss the economy and its role in the 2012 U.S. election.

"Who Do You Want in the White House?" will be an interactive forum from 6-7:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Bloomberg View, the opinion section of Bloomberg News, and Project Impact, an initiative bringing election-related events to Purdue.

Ezra Klein, a Bloomberg View columnist, blogger at the Washington Post and policy analyst for MSNBC, will serve as moderator. Scheduled panelists include other Bloomberg View contributors: Margaret Carlson, Clive Crook, Michael Kinsley and Ramesh Ponnuru. Also joining the panel will be Purdue trustee Keith Krach, the CEO of DocuSign and the co-founder of Ariba.

As with previous Project Impact events, the forum will be interactive. Audience members will be asked to participate in an instant poll, and attendees will have the option to ask questions or to post via Facebook, or to tweet them for panelists via @Project_Impact.

"Our partnership with Bloomberg is bringing high-powered individuals who have real access and influence with national leaders," said Carolyn Curiel, director of Project Impact and a former U.S. ambassador and senior White House aide. "They want to hear directly from the Purdue community and the people of Indiana about what is moving them in this election. This is a great opportunity for our campus and the state."

Klein was named Blogger of the Year in 2010 by both The Week magazine and the Sidney Hillman Foundation for his extensive coverage of the health care debate and passage of the Affordable Care Act. He previously was an associate editor at The American Prospect and a columnist at Newsweek, and has appeared on the "Rachel Maddow Show," "Charlie Rose," "Real Time with Bill Maher," the "McLaughlin Report," the "Colbert Report," and other programs.

The other panelists are:

      * Carlson is a Bloomberg View columnist. A former White House correspondent for Time, she also was Time’s first woman columnist. She appeared on CNN’s "Capital Gang" for 15 years. Carlson has won two National Headliner Awards.

      * Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and Bloomberg View a columnist. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor.

      * Kinsley is Bloomberg View columnist. He was the founding editor of Slate and spent several years as editor of the New Republic and a columnist at the Washington Post. For six years he was co-host of the CNN program "Crossfire."

      * Krach is chairman and CEO of DocuSign. At age 26, he became the youngest vice president in the history of General Motors Co. He went on to co-found Ariba, serving as its chairman and CEO for seven years. He is chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees.

      * Ponnuru is a senior editor for the National Review, where he has covered national politics for 15 years. He wrote a book about the sanctity of life in American politics and has published articles in several publications, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

The forum is part of a yearlong series of Project Impact events planned and executed by students under the direction of Curiel, who founded Project Impact as a way to engage Purdue and its community by bringing nationally known issues experts and decision-makers to campus. A March 22 Project Impact forum will focus on the role of social media in the upcoming election. More information is available at

The Project Impact series is made possible through support from the Office of the Provost, the College of Engineering, the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), the Krannert School of Management, International Programs, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, the Department of History, the Brian Lamb School of Communication, the Purdue Alumni Association, the College of Education, the Purdue Exponent, the College of Technology, the Department of Political Science, and members of the Lafayette community.
Writer: Tim Newton, Krannert director of external relations and communications, 765-496-7271,  

Source: Carolyn Curiel,

Note to Journalists: Journalists interested in speaking with members of the "Who Do You Want in the White House?" panel can request an interview by contacting Carolyn Curiel, Project Impact director,