The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Democracy Project, in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, hosted a discussion about second-term presidents. How have past second-term presidents worked with Congress, with their own party, and with the opposing party? In what ways do their foreign policy goals shift from their first terms? When do they engage with the presidential candidates aiming to succeed them? Drawn from the wisdom of those who have served and covered second-term presidents, panelists addressed several dynamics with which a second-term president must contend that are unlike those from their first terms.
Opening remarks by:
President, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Panel discussion with:
National Security Advisor, 1997-2001
White House Chief of Staff, 1988-1989
Washington Bureau Chief, USA TODAY
Director of the Democracy Project, BPC