On 'This Week': Is America's Economic Recovery Built to Last?

A special edition of 'This Week' with the University of Virginia's Miller Center

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2012— -- This Sunday, ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," in partnership with the University of Virginia's Miller Center, tackles the critical topic, "America's Economic Recovery: Is It Built to Last?"

Held before a live studio audience at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Sunday's edition of "This Week" moderated by George Stephanopoulos will bring together panelists from business, government, and journalism to discuss the state of the economy and the challenges of the current recovery.

Panelists include:

• Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and co-chair of Mitt Romney's California campaign

• Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan governor and host of Current TV's "The War Room"

• Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist

• Eric Schmidt, executive chairman and former CEO of Google

• David Walker, former Comptroller General and Founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative

• George Will, ABC News commentator and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist

After the deepest and longest recession since the Great Depression, what are the best ways to boost the economic recovery and ensure that it's built to last? Are the right steps being taken to spur growth and bring unemployment down to pre-recession levels? And what should be done about the country's exploding debt and future entitlement spending?

"There's no issue of greater importance facing the nation now than where the economy is headed and what needs to be done to fully recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression," Stephanopoulos said.

"Without a doubt, the economy is the number-one issue on voters' minds… Our hope is that we can give viewers something they can't find anywhere else – an informed, civil, balanced discussion of an issue that affects all of our lives," said Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, director and CEO of the Miller Center, who served as governor of Virginia from 1986 to 1990.

"This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and the Miller Center are teaming up to produce a series of programs on the key issues of the 2012 election. The Miller Center will create educational materials for each show topic, including white papers and blog posts written by leading scholars and lesson plans that middle-school and high-school teachers can use to educate students about election issues.

For more information, visit the Miller Center website.