Republican Presidential Nominee Senator John McCain to Speak at Aspen Institute

July 31, 2008  • Institute Contributor

Republican Presidential Nominee Senator John McCain to Speak at Aspen Institute

Aspen, CO, July 31, 2008 –– Republican Presidential nominee Senator John McCain will speak at the Aspen Institute on Thursday, August 14, 2008. The lecture will take place at 3:00 pm in the Greenwald Pavilion. Tickets ($10) will go on sale beginning July 30 through the Wheeler Opera House.

John McCain is the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. McCain has been a US senator from Arizona since 1987. A 1958 graduate of the US Naval Academy, McCain had a 22-year military career as a pilot and officer in the Navy. Five of those years (1967-73) were spent in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp after he was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War. McCain left the Navy in 1981, was elected to Congress in 1982, and then was elected as US senator from Arizona in 1986. In 2000 he ran for the Republican presidential nomination, but was defeated by George W. Bush. After Bush was reelected in 2004, McCain ran again for the Republican nomination in 2008, and his primary wins have given him enough delegates to be assured of the nomination at the GOP convention in September. His 1999 book Faith of My Fathers (HarperCollins) told the story of his family’s military history and his own experiences as a POW.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Aspen Show tickets at the Wheeler Opera House at 970-920-5770. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please contact Cristal Logan at 970-544-7929 or, call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at

Other speakers to be featured at the Institute as part of the McCloskey Speaker Series include:

August 1

Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution and former Deputy Secretary of State
“The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation”
5:00 – 6:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium

August 6 John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State
“Enduring US Foreign Policy Priorities”
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Doerr-Hosier Center
August 12 Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health
“The AIDS Era: A Historical Perspective”
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium
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