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Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bernie Sanders Debate

The Senate Project Debate
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Bret Baier moderates a one-hour Oxford-style policy debate as part of ‘The Senate Project’ debate series. The first debate is between Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

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Dating back to the 19th century, the U.S. Senate has often been referred to as “the world’s greatest deliberative body.” Building upon that tradition of often fierce partisan debate on pressing issues facing the nation, a diverse new coalition—the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate—is launching a series of Oxford-style debates between leading U.S. senators.

The goal of The Senate Project debate series is to reintroduce the culture of seeking common ground and consensus that has been the essence of the Senate since it was conceived in 1789. We hope it will inspire policymakers to not only make the case for their points of view, but to then work towards the example set by Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Orrin Hatch for bipartisan bridge-building. In describing their relationship, Senator Hatch once said “When we did agree, everyone turned to get out of the way. They thought if Kennedy and Hatch can get it together, it must be good.” And Senator Kennedy once told reporters, “If you build upon that kind of understanding and respect, you can get a lot of things done.” While this debate series will showcase sharp political disagreements, it will also foster areas of common purpose moving forward.

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