A National Conversation on the State of American Unity

WHEN: Wednesday, March 6th 2013 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

WHERE: Webcast, polling, and Twitter platform

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The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform (CPR) launched with a town hall meeting. USA TODAY’s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page moderated the discussion with more than a dozen commission members – including national political figures, volunteer and religious leaders, business executives, academics, state and local elected officials, and journalists. The national conversation examined how polarized our country is, the causes of that polarization and its effect on our government and decision-makers.

Town Hall Discussion: A National Conversation on American Unity

Panel Discussion: Can Congress Work in an Era of Hyper-Partisanship?

Panel Discussion: Obstacles to Public Service at the State and Federal Levels

The public participated in the discussion in real time by watching the webcast, voting in the poll, and submitting questions and comments to the commissioners during the event:

  • Tweet using the hashtag #EngageUSA
  • Post on BPC’s Facebook page
  • E-mail cpr@bipartisanpolicy.org



Moderator: Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA TODAY

CPR Commissioners:

  • Hope Andrade, Former Texas Secretary of State
  • Molly Barker, Founder, Girls on the Run
  • Henry Bonilla, Former U.S. Representative; Partner, The Normandy Group
  • Tom Daschle, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Co-founder, BPC
  • Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Dan Glickman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Representative; Senior Fellow, BPC
  • Jennifer M. Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan
  • Dirk Kempthorne, Former Governor of Idaho, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and U.S. Senator; President and CEO, American Council of Life Insurers
  • Chris Marvin, Managing Director, “Got Your 6”; CPT (U.S. Army, Retired)
  • Eric Motley, Ph.D., Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush; Vice President, the Aspen Institute
  • Reihan Salam, Lead Writer, National Review Online’s “The Agenda”
  • Olympia Snowe, Former U.S. Senator; Senior Fellow, BPC
  • Ronald A. Williams, Former Chairman and CEO, Aetna Inc.; Founder, RW-2 Enterprises LLC
  • Elaine Wynn, Director, Wynn Resorts; National Chairman, Communities in Schools; President, Nevada State Board of Education


Presentation and Town Hall Meeting: A National Conversation on American Unity


Wednesday, March 6

1:00PM EST/10:00AM PST


Webcast, polling, and Twitter platform

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