The Awesome Responsibility of Leadership: A Conversation with Harry Reid and Eric Cantor
Monday, April 29, 2013 / 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute
Eric Cantor, U.S. Congressman and Majority Leader
Harry Reid, U.S. Senator and Majority Leader
Although the media often focus on their policy differences, Democrat Reid and Republican Cantor share areas of agreement and experience. Skilled legislators and compassionate individuals, each has seen a close relative suffer from serious disease, and each is an outspoken supporter of medical research. The grandsons of immigrants, each worked his way up to high office with less-exalted jobs along the way - one as a member of the Capitol Police and the other as a driver for a congressman. Both served as their party's minority whip before election to majority leadership. And leadership is the focus of this panel: What qualities, besides intelligence and drive, inspire the trust and respect of their colleagues? Institute Chairman Mike Milken will explore where they agree and disagree on a range of issues - taxes, debt, entitlements, immigration, education, energy and defense - but will also search for the common thread of leadership that has propelled two remarkable men to national prominence.