Overcoming the Political Divide
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Wilshire Ballroom
   
   

Moderator
Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and Moderator of "Meet the Press," Host of MSNBC's "MTP Daily"

Speakers
Steve Bullock, Governor, Montana
Eric Cantor, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Moelis & Co; Former Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
Jason Grumet, Founder and President, Bipartisan Policy Center
Kenneth Hersh, President and CEO, George W. Bush Presidential Center
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress


In many narratives about U.S. politics, partisanship is portrayed at an all-time high. Yet periods of intense rivalry have been part of our political system since its inception and are a staple of the electoral process. This panel will examine the factors contributing to today's political divide and the policy areas where these divisions may be set aside for the good of all citizens.

  • How much of the divide is perception vs. reality?
  • What factors feed partisanship, and how can they be overcome?
  • What policy areas offer elected officials the best opportunities to reach consensus?