Independent Maine senate hopeful, Angus King, and President Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, Erskine Bowles, will hold a conversation on the national debt crisis on Sunday, September 9th at the Hannaford Lecture Hall on the Portland campus.
Bowles is well-known for his work as the co-chair of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, started in 2010 by President Obama to lower deficits by 6 percent. The King campaign has called the report a foundation for fostering discussion on the debt crisis.
The deficit talk comes in wake of recent attack ads labeling the former governor of Maine a big spender. The Maine GOP has even occasionally used the nickname “King of Spending” on the Maine GOP website. And while Maine Republicans are quick to attack King’s fiscal record as governor, a press release on the Maine GOP website shows they stand behind Bowles’ plan.
“I am glad that Angus King will have this opportunity to learn about the dangers of rampant spending, aggressive taxation, and $1 billion budget deficits,” said Maine republican party spokesman, David Sorensen.“We welcome Mr. Bowles to Maine.”
Bowles and King will discuss the national debt crisis, specifically its impact on Maine, and proposed solutions. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.