David Frum - Conservative Author, Former Presidential Speechwriter

David Frum - Conservative Author, Former Presidential Speechwriter





David Frum is best known as an advocate for the reform and modernization of the Republican party. He is a contributing editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast and is also a CNN contributor. Frum serves on the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition and as vice chairman and an associate fellow of the R Street Institute.

Frum is the author of eight books including most recently the e-book, Why Romney Lost, and his first novel, Patriots. From 2001 to 2002, Frum served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. From 2007 to 2008, he was a senior policy adviser to the Giuliani-for-president campaign. Frum is Canadian-American but was a citizen of Canada when he joined the Bush administration.

Not afraid to challenge his own party, Frum expressed intense dissatisfaction with supply-siders, evangelicals, and nearly all Republican politicians in his 1994 book Dead Right. In a 2009 Newsweek column entitled Why Rush Is Wrong, Frum defended his conservatism and challenged the country’s most vocal conservative broadcaster.  His editorial columns have appeared in a variety of Canadian and American magazines and newspapers, including the National Post and The Week.

A volunteer for the Reagan campaign in 1980, Frum is proud that he’s attended every Republican convention since 1988, was president of the Federalist Society chapter of his law school, and worked as editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1989 to 1992. Frum graduated from Yale University in 1982 with simultaneous Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in history.


This event included a discussion with Frum in the Millett Hall Atrium, a public reception in the Student Union Endeavour Room, and a Lecture in the Student Union Apollo Room.

David Frum - Conservative Author, Former Presidential Speechwriter