Senator Rick Santorum takes the stage with Governor Howard Dean just four days before Chicagoans and the country decide who will lead the nation for the next four years. It’s the Politics of Economics and the Economics of Politics. How will the outcome of the election affect the economic climate for businesses and consumers—one way or the other? WBBM and Comcast Business Class invite you to the final Newsmakers lunch event of 2012. Join WBBM’s Kris Kridel as she moderates a lively discussion / debate. You don’t want to miss this program.


Doors & Networking – 11:30AM
Lunch – 12:30PM
Program – 1:00PM


Rick Santorum

• Candidate for the 2012 Republican Party Presidential Nomination
• United States Senator from Pennsylvania, 1995-2007
• Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, 2001-2006

Rick Santorum is universally recognized as a steadfast leader and defender of the first principles upon which our nation was founded.

Advocating a vision for our nation rooted in tradition through family and nurtured by empowering the individual, Rick is a tireless and unapologetic advocate of American values and exceptionalism. Rick champions the intrinsic value of the human person as the founding principle of conservatism.

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32, and from 1995 to 2007, served in the US Senate. In 2000, he was elected by his peers to the position of Senate Republican Conference Chairman.

Senator Santorum became one of the most successful government reformers in our history, taking on Washington’s powerful special interests from the moment he arrived in our nation’s Capitol. Along with John Boehner and Jim Nussle, Senator Santorum was a member of the famous “Gang of Seven” that exposed the Congressional Banking and Congressional Post Office scandals. It was this record of reform that prompted a Washington Post reporter to write in a recent article that “Santorum was a tea party kind of guy before there was a tea party.”

He was also an author and floor manager of the landmark Welfare Reform Act which passed in 1996 that has empowered millions of Americans to leave the welfare rolls and enter the workforce.

Senator Santorum wrote and championed legislation that outlawed the heinous procedure known as Partial Birth Abortion as well as the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” and the “Combating Autism Act” because he believes each and every individual has value and the most vulnerable in our society need to be protected.

Senator Santorum fought to maintain fiscal sanity in Washington before it was in fashion, fighting for a balanced budget and a line item veto. He bravely proposed reforming entitlements, cutting spending and even developed a “spendometer” that added up the cost of Democrat amendments to spending bills. This record made him one of the most conservative senators in Pennsylvania’s history.

He served eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee where he led the fight before the attacks of September 11th, 2001 to transform our military from a Cold War force to meet today’s threats. He was a leader on US-Israeli relations, authoring both the “Syria Accountability Act” and the “Iran Freedom and Support Act” which he successfully fought to pass in spite of initial opposition by President Bush.

An accomplished author, Senator Santorum penned the 2005 New York Times Bestseller, It Takes a Family.

But of all his accomplishments, Rick is most proud of his role as a husband and father. Rick and his wife of 21 years, Karen, are the parents of seven wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Isabella.

Governor Howard Dean

• CNBC Contributor
• Founder, Democracy for America
• Chairman, Democratic National Committee, 2005-2009
• Architect of the ‘‘50-State Strategy’’
• 2004 Candidate for the Democratic Nomination for President
• Governor of Vermont, 1991-2003

Governor Howard Dean, former DNC Chairman, presidential candidate, six term Governor and physician, currently works as an Independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world.

Dean also serves as a CNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America.

Dean began his career in public service in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician
to an elected representative in Vermont. Dean served as Governor for 12 years – the second longest serving in the state.

Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Dean was chairman of the National Governors’ Association,the Democratic Governors’ Association, and the New England Governors’ Conference while he served asGovernor of Vermont. Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003 where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the Internet.

As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dean created and implemented the “50 State Strategy” and the development of 21st century campaign tools. Dean is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the Party by building and strengthening the organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure required to win while laying the foundation for a long-term Democratic majority.

Before entering politics, Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1971, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vermont.

He is married to Dr. Judy Steinberg and they have two children, Anne and Paul

Kris Kridel

Kris Kridel is midday co-anchor and co-host of WBBM’s Noon Business Hour. As anchor-reporter at WBBM, Kris has won awards for Best Reporter, Feature, Newscast and Documentary from AP and UPI; a 1991 National Headliner Award; Peter Lisagor and RTNDA reporting awards. In 2009 Kridel was awarded with a Lisagor Award in the category of Business/Consumer Reporting for “The Financial Fix”, a special WBBM Noon Business Hour roundtable edition.

Her writing and reporting were featured in Ted White’s 1993 book, “Broadcast Newswriting and Reporting.” Kris received her BA at Ohio University and her Master’s Degree in Journalism from Ohio State University in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Reporting. Before joining WBBM, she worked as reporter-anchor at WCOL in Columbus, Ohio and anchor-reporter/news director at WFYR in Chicago. Kris is a member of the “adjunct faculty” in the school of communications at Loyola University and is a weekly contributor at WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.