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Speaking of ’08 and Advisers

Boston – Two top economists and President Bush’s tax cut architects have agreed to join Governor Mitt Romney’s Commonwealth PAC the organization announced today.  Glenn Hubbard and Greg Mankiw will act as co-chairs of the PAC’s Economic Advisory Council.  Additionally, Cesar Conda has agreed to be a Senior Economic Advisor for the PAC.

“Glenn Hubbard and Greg Mankiw are both brilliant economists,” Romney said.  “Cesar Conda also brings a wealth of expertise in economic policy development and implementation.  One of the messages voters sent to Washington Republicans during this last election cycle was to stop spending like Democrats.  In addition, history has shown us time and again that allowing the American people to keep more of their hard-earned money through tax cuts spurs economic growth.  Greg, Glenn and Cesar share my views of low taxes and limited government and together we will work to help the Republican Party return to those conservative principles.  I’m glad they have joined the team.”

Glenn Hubbard was named dean of Columbia Business School on July 1, 2004. A Columbia faculty member since 1988, he is also the Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics.  Hubbard received his BA and BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida, where he received the National Society of Professional Engineers Award. He holds AM and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University.  He is a visiting professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, as well as the University of Chicago. Additionally, he is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.  In 2001, Hubbard was appointed Chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).  His other government service includes serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis at the U.S. Treasury Department from 1991-1993.  He has been a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, numerous private companies and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to name a few.   

Greg Mankiw followed Hubbard as the Chairman of the CEA from 2003 to 2005.  He is presently the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University.  While at the CEA he advocated for tax cuts to help the economy recover from recession and promote long-run economic growth. He graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude in 1980 with an A.B. in Economics and later earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has written economic textbooks and many articles which have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and the American Economic Review.  In addition to his teaching, research, and writing, Mankiw has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office.

Cesar Conda has over 20 years of legislative and policy experience working at the highest levels in the White House and in Congress. Most recently, Conda headed the domestic policy staff in the Office of the Vice President as Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief advisor on domestic and economic policy issues.  He was also a policy advisor on the 1996 Dole-Kemp presidential campaign.  In addition to the above, Conda was a member of the Board of Directors of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Empower America. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Freedom Works, a member of the Policy Council of the Free Enterprise Fund, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Economy magazine.  He has written extensively on economic topics, with columns appearing in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, National Review Online, Weekly Standard, and United Press International.

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