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Big “I” to Host Political Panel Featuring Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson
Commentators to discuss current political landscape at annual gathering of agents and brokers.
BegalaCarlsonTake2.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2014 — Veteran Washington insiders and political commentators Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson will headline the political panel at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) annual Legislative Conference this spring.
 
Begala, a Democrat strategist, is a commentator for CNN and served in the Clinton White House. Carlson, known for his perspective from the right, is a veteran journalist and political commentator who co-hosts the show “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Fox News Channel. The political panel will be held on Friday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m. ET at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill and will be moderated by Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO.
 
“Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson are two of the loudest and most respected political voices in the country,” says Rusbuldt. “They bring intellectual curiosity and perspective to the political debate in Washington, D.C. Attendees at the Big ‘I’ Legislative Conference will learn from these insiders who have their fingers on the pulse of our nation’s leaders and decision-makers. We look forward to their insight from opposing sides of the political spectrum on an array of important issues to independent agents and brokers, such as health care, insurance regulation and much more.”
 
Begala is a CNN commentator and is part of the network’s winning political team. During the 2012 campaign he was a senior adviser for the pro-Obama Super PAC. He previously served as counselor to President Bill Clinton in the White House. Begala has consulted for political campaigns across the country and around the world. He helped launch the political magazine George and is the author of several New York Times best-selling political books. Begala is a professor of public policy at Georgetown University. He previously taught at the University of Texas and the University of Georgia. He serves on the board of visitors for MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Georgia. Begala earned a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Carlson is a veteran journalist and political commentator. He is the co-host of “Fox and Friends Weekend” and the editor-in-chief of TheDailyCaller.com. Carlson joined Fox from MSNBC, where he hosted several programs. Previously, he was the co-host of Crossfire on CNN and also hosted a weekly public affairs program on PBS. A longtime writer and journalist, Carlson has reported from around the world. He has been a columnist for New York magazine and Reader's Digest. He currently writes for Esquire and The New York Times magazine. Carlson began his journalism career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock. In 2006, he appeared on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Carlson is currently working on his third book.
 
The Big “I” Legislative Conference is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place April 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
Journalists interested in attending, please send an email to margarita.tapia@iiaba.net or call (703) 706-5473 for media registration.
 
Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.
 
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