BRUNSWICK, Maine — Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff for President Clinton and widely recognized national debt guru, has been invited to speak at a campaign event in Maine for Angus King, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate.

Bowles, former president of the University of North Carolina System, was the Democratic co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which published a report on the national debt called “The Moment of Truth.”

Bowles also was an unsuccessful candidate to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004.

The event, during which both King and Bowles will speak, is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Abromson Community Education Center at University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall.

The event will be streamed online at, according to King’s website.

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.