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Edwards, McCain to speak in Aspen

ASPEN ” A pair of presidential hopefuls ” U.S. Sen. John McCain and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards ” will hold forth at public appearances in Aspen next month.

Both candidates will appear as part of The Aspen Institute’s McCloskey Speaker Series. Tickets to both appearances go on sale Monday, July 30.

Edwards, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004 and current Democractic presidential candidate, will appear Thursday, Aug. 9 at noon in the Greenwald Pavilion on the institute’s Aspen Meadows campus.

He served one term as a U.S. senator from North Carolina and, following the election loss in 2004, began working full-time at the One American Committee, a political action committee Edwards established in 2001. He was also appointed director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and was also a consultant for Fortress Investment Group LLC.

McCain, a Republican presidential candidate, will speak Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Greenwald Pavilion.

A Navy veteran who was first elected to Congress in 1982 and is now the senior senator from Arizona, McCain made an unsuccesful bid for the Republican nomination in the 2000 presidential race. He is currently the ranking member of the Senate Commitee on Armed Services, among other congressional assignments.

Tickets to hear Edwards and McCain speak are $10 are expected to sell out. They will be available for purchase starting July 30 at the Wheeler Box Office, Harris Hall box office and gondola ticket office, or by calling (970) 925-9042. Aspen Institute Society of Fellows donors should call (97) 544-7912.

Ticket prices will help cover the costs of the speaker series, not go to any political campaign, the institute noted.

Other scheduled spearers in the McCloskey series include:

” Dennis Ross, counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, speaking on “Statecraft: And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the institute’s Paepcke Auditorium.

” William J. Bratton, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, speaking on “Policing Terrorism” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Paepcke Auditorium.

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