Rice University experts available to comment on final presidential debate

David Ruth
713-348-6327
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Jeff Falk
713-348-6775
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Rice University experts available to comment on final presidential debate

HOUSTON – (Oct. 22, 2012) – Tonight’s final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will focus on foreign policy and international relations. The following Rice University experts are available to comment on the major issues at play:

Foreign policy:

Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair of Political Science, can discuss the major foreign policy issues currently facing the U.S. and how the country’s foreign policy could evolve under a future Democratic or Republican presidential administration.

Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow and a former U.S. State Department diplomat, can discuss U.S. foreign policy and international economics, with a focus on the geopolitics of energy.

International economics:

Russell Green, an economist and the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics, can discuss the role of international finance in the 2012 election, including issues surrounding the Chinese exchange rate and its impact on the U.S. economy.

Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.

To schedule an interview with any one of these experts, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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