FORUM | Take Risks It can’t be said that Dominique de Villepin, French foreign minister during the Iraq war and prime minister during the civil unrest of 2005, has led a cautious life. At the Forum in March he spoke about the virtues of risk. “Life is good when you take risks. Then you will learn something very important that you won’t learn, always, in university or school… You will learn that when you believe you have limits you may go a little further.”
FORUM | Eight Words When President George Bush won reelection in 2004, Sen. Charles Schumer told a John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum audience in February, it was on the strength of a platform that could be boiled down to eight words: war in Iraq, cut taxes, no gay marriage. Schumer, who lead the Democrats’ campaign to regain control of the Senate, warned that if his party cannot build a straightforward, positive platform that appeals to the middle class, it will lose. “What are our eight words?” he asked.
FORUM | A Break from the Trail Senior campaign advisors to three of the Republican party’s top candidates for the presidential nomination — Alex Castellanos for
Mitt Romney, Rick Davis for John McCain, and Chris Henick for Rudy Giuliani — identified key challenges to their candidates’ campaigns at an event held in March in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.
“The race isn’t starting any earlier than usual, but it’s more intense than it’s been in the past,” noted moderator Mark Halperin, political director for ABC News and a current joint visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics and the Joan Shorenstein on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, the event’s cosponsors.