Economic recovery: National discussion and debate series

Economic recovery: National discussion and debate series

Absent a major foreign policy crisis, the 2012 presidential election will largely be fought on and determined by the state of the American economy. Recent figures indicate that America is in the midst of an economic recovery, yet challenges remain and troubling data persists, leading to debate about the strength and duration of this recovery. Therefore, in this special episode of ABC’s “This Week,” organized in partnership with the Miller Center, we posed the question: “America’s Economic Recovery: Is It Built to Last?”

Resolved: America’s Economic Recovery: Built to Last?

Arguing for the resolution:

Paul Krugman is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, and Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics. 

Jennifer M. Granholm is a Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy at UC Berkeley’s School of Law and Goldman School of Public Policy, and Host of “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” on Current TV.

Eric E. Schmidt has served as executive chairman of Google since 2011. Since joining Google in 2001, he has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology.

Arguing against the resolution:

Carly Fiorina is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and an opinion leader who champions innovation, competitiveness and job creation.

David Walker is the founder, president and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI). He served previously as the first president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

George F. Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world, with more than 450 newspapers, his biweekly Newsweek column, and his appearances as a political commentator on ABC to his credit.


George Stephanopoulos serves as anchor of ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," anchor of "Good Morning America," and co-anchor of Special Events. After anchoring "This Week" from 2002 to 2010, Stephanopoulos returned to the show in January 2012.