Former Presidential contender Gary Hart to speak on terror April 17
Long-time political figure Gary Hart will visit Bowdoin next Thursday, bringing three decades of experience in politics and public service with him.
Hart, the runner-up for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, is strongly considering entering the race of contenders for this next year's nomination.
Thursday night Hart will speak on "Terrorism and the Future of America," having co-chaired the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, which issued three public reports warning of terrorism's impending threats. He has recently been critical of President Bush's policy toward Iraq, saying "you don't go to war in the most volatile region in the world and kick open a hornet's nest without being prepared for the retaliatory attacks that will occur. And I'm here to tell you that we're not."
After managing George McGovern's unsuccessful presidential bid in 1972, Hart was elected to the Senate from his home state of Colorado. He has also served as an appellate attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, a special assistant at the U.S. Department of the
Interior, and senior counsel to one of America's oldest international law firms, Coudert Brothers, where he helped pioneer the development of joint business ventures in Russia and in Central Europe.
Hart is also a prolific writer, having authored a dozen books. He co-authored one of his three novels with former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, Bowdoin Class of 1962.
Hart said Tuesday that he would be making his decision on seeking the Democratic nomination in the "next few days." Given that Hart says current feedback on the possible bid is "very encouraging," Bowdoin may be hosting a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination next week.
His visit to Bowdoin is part of a series of appearances designed to gauge national support for his ideas, grouped under the banner of "Restoring the American Republic."
His lecture will be at 7 p.m. at Smith Auditorium in Sills Hall. A question-and-answer period will follow.