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Vermont candidates for the United States House of Representatives to debate foreign affairs issues Sept. 26

September 13, 2006

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? On Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs at Middlebury College and the Vermont Council on World Affairs will sponsor a debate on foreign affairs among the candidates for the Vermont seat in the United States House of Representatives. The event will take place in Mead Chapel, located on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125), and is free and open to the public.

Participants include Republican candidate and former Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard Martha Rainville, Vermont State Senate President Pro Tem and Democratic candidate Peter Welch, Independent candidate and Burlington restaurateur Dennis Morriseau, and Liberty Union candidate Jane Newton. The debate will be moderated by Chris Graff, host of Vermont Public Television's "Vermont This Week," former Vermont bureau chief for the Associated Press, and a 1975 Middlebury College graduate.

The Rohatyn Center for International Affairs (RCFIA) is a resource and research center that supports Middlebury College's goal of advancing global understanding. RCFIA helps develop co-curricular programming that expands opportunities for students and supports faculty in their teaching and professional development.

The Colchester-based Vermont Council on World Affairs (VCWA) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization founded in 1952 by U.S. Senator Warren R. Austin and other distinguished Vermonters. For more than 50 years, the VCWA has promoted awareness and understanding of world affairs among Vermonters of all ages through educational programs and presentations, and by hosting delegates from around the world through the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and the Open World Program of the Library of Congress.

For more information, contact Charlotte Tate, assistant director of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, at or (802) 443-5795.