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Charlotte, September 4, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Free  

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With the two presidential nominees sharply diverging on key policy issues such as the economy, workplace policy and foreign policy, President Obama and Governor Romney will provide the American public with the starkest contrast since 1984 if not 1964. Join National Journal and The Atlantic as we examine this clash of policy ideas, each candidate’s vision for America and a broad range of public policy issues destined to define the 2012 general election cycle.

Underwriter: Society for Human Resource Management

Please note: Doors will open 30 minutes before the listed start time for all events.


National Journal & The Atlantic Convention Headquarters in Tampa, FL
Carne Chophouse in Ybor City
1536 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33605


  • Major Garrett, White House Correspondent, National Journal


  • Lanhee Chen, Policy Director, Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential Campaign
  • Mike Franc, Vice President, Government Studies, The Heritage Foundation
  • Dan Rather, Managing Editor, Anchor, Dan Rather Reports
  • Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent, Washington Examiner


National Journal & The Atlantic Convention Headquarters in Charlotte, NC
McColl Center
721 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

  • Major Garrett, White House Correspondent, National Journal


  • Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, National Journal
  • Jackie Calmes, National Correspondent, The New York Times
  • David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst, CNN
  • Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

 Additional Speakers to be Announced

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NOTE TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES:  In deference to the letter and spirit of applicable ethics regulations, this event is not intended for state and local government employees. A description of this event - written for government ethics office review - may be requested by writing  

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National Journal & The Atlantic Convention Headquarters


National Journal & The Atlantic at 2012 Conventions

The 2012 Democratic and Republican Conventions provide a rare opportunity both to connect with the country’s leadership ranks and to participate in one of the nation’s most cherished traditions. These spirited gatherings are equal parts policy, politics, and celebration and attract the power centers of each party, including state, local, and federal officials, senior party leadership, national media, and business leaders.


National Journal and The Atlantic will combine their brand strengths at the 2012 conventions for special on-site events in Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina. From breaking news and probing analysis of Washington policy and politics to thoughtful reconnaissance on the big ideas shaping the national conversation, National Journal and The Atlantic will provide a panoramic perspective on the world of American policy and politics during this pivotal election year.

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