Congressional scholars Norm Ornstein and Tom Mann join former U.S. Senators Gary Hart and Tom Daschle to discuss the likely comparative outcomes of Obama or McCain presidencies.
Tom Daschle is a senior policy advisor in DLA Piper’s Government Affairs practice and serves as a member of the DLA Pipers Global Board. He is a former US senator (D-SD) and served as Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2005. In 2007, Daschle joined with former majority leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center. Daschle serves on the board of the Center for American Progress and the National Democratic Institute and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health as well as a member of the Global Policy Advisory Council for the Health Worker Migration Initiative. His most recent book, Getting It Done, is a close-up look at the 2009 passage of health care reform legislation.
Gary Hart is an author, lecturer, teacher, scholar, attorney, and former US Senator from Colorado. A candidate in 1984 for the Democratic Party's nomination for president, during 1970-1972 he managed Senator George McGovern's presidential campaign. He has also served as an appellate attorney in the Justice Department, a special assistant at the Department of the Interior, and senior counsel to the international law firm Coudert Brothers.
He co-chaired the US Commission on National Security/21st Century as well as the Council on Foreign Relations' Task Force on Homeland Security. In the Congress he founded the Military Reform Caucus, served on the Senate select committee to investigate the intelligence agencies, and introduced a collection of environmental measures for energy independence.
Thomas E. Mann
Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution.
The author of numerous books on American government, and a contributor to major magazines and newspapers like Washington Post and New York Times, Mann is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mann has served as co-director (with Ornstein) of the Transition to Governing Project and senior counselor (with Ornstein) to the Continuity of Government Commission.
Abner Mikva holds the distinction of having served at a high level in all three branches of the federal government and in state government as well. He was elected in 1956 to the first of five consecutive terms in the Illinois General Assembly where he sponsored fair Employment Practices Legislation, Open Housing legislation, and labored to overhaul the Criminal Code. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968 and served for five terms as a member of the Judiciary Committee and then the Ways and Means Committee. Appointed by President Carter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Abner served for fifteen years, the last four as Chief Judge. In 1994 Judge Mikva resigned from the bench to become White House Counsel to President William H. Clinton.
After service as a Navigator in the Army Air Corps in World War II, Judge Mikva received his law degree from the University of Chicago, graduating cum laude. He was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Following graduation he served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Sherman Minton on the Supreme Court. During his time in private practice he represented the West Side Organization, an early community-civil rights organization which tried to break down prejudice in employment, housing, and schools. He argued many cases before the Supreme Court. The Judge has received many awards including the Paul H. Douglas Ethics in Government Award through the University of Illinois and the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association. He currently serves as Senior Director of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.
Dan Nowicki is The Arizona Republic's national political reporter. The 2008 presidential race is his beat, with an emphasis on the campaign of Arizona's John McCain. He is a former Washington, D.C., reporter and wrote The Republic's Plugged In political blog during 2006. He has been interviewed about McCain by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, BBC World Service, Danish television and has appeared on assorted national, satellite and local radio programs. His awards include first place Best of the West and Arizona Press Club honors in editorial writing and deadline news reporting and he was the lead writer on a series about Arizona transportation politics that won a prestigious National Headliner Award.
Norman J. Ornstein
Norman J. Ornstein is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. An election analyst for CBS News, he writes a weekly column called "Congress Inside Out" for Roll Call.
His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, and he appears regularly on television programs like The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, and Charlie Rose.
He serves on the board of the Public Broadcasting Service and several other nonprofit groups. Like Mann, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
David Rogers broke into newspapers in New Jersey in the late 60â€™s with the Perth Amboy Evening News and picked up there again after being drafted and sent to Vietnam, where he served as a combat infantry medic with the First Division. He went back to school in 1971-73 after which he was signed by the Boston Globe where he covered Bostonâ€™s neighborhoods, school desegregation, and ultimately City Hall. The Globe sent him to Washington in late 1979, and Congress has been his chief focus since. The Wall Street Journal picked him up four years later in 1983 and he remained for 24 years before being bought out in December with the Murdoch takeover. He joined Politico in January.
Much of Rogersâ€™ early education in Congress came from the Massachusetts delegation which then included Speaker Thomas â€œTipâ€ Oâ€™Neill as well as senior members of the House Appropriations Committee, who encouraged him to cover that panel when few other reporters did on a regular basis. His Vietnam experience fed an interest as well in the covert wars of the 1980â€™s, and his reporting disclosed the US mining of the Nicaraguan harbors as well as earned him a footnote â€“though not a movie partâ€”in Charlie Wilsonâ€™s War.
Lynn Sweet is the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times. She writes a column and a blog for the paper. At present, Sweet is been focusing on the 2008 presidential campaign, with an emphasis on Sen. Barack Obama. Sweet is a regular guest on MSNBC programs and other national political shows.
Sweet traveled with Obama to Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England in July. In 2006, Sweet flew to Africa with Obama, on a trip that included a visit to his father's native Kenya. As the violence between Israelis and Palestinians was deepening, in 2002 she was sent to the region to cover the conflict.
In 1995, Sweet broke the story on the perks the Clinton White House offered major donors. In 1990, Sweet was one of the first journalists in the U.S. to analyze political ads for accuracy. Before moving to Washington in September 1993, Sweet was the political writer for the paper.
Sweet was a Spring 2004 fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. She is a former president of the Washington Press Club Foundation and is a member of the Gridiron Club.
She has a master's from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She also attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She is a native of Chicago.
Former US Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle says there are two John McCains. A Mccain that is volatile, emotional and confrontational and a John McCain that is humorous, and joyful and you never know which McCain you will get.
Columnist and Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Sun Times Lynn Sweet says that Obama is not aloof and rates his emotional intelligence very high, stating she's never seen him lose control of his emotions. Sweet says she coined the phrase "Obama is no drama."
Abner Mikva, former white house Counsel, says the Obama campaign is the most organized he has ever seen. Mikva and a panel featuring Gary Hart, Tom Daschle and others, discuss the discipline of the campaign and the respect Obama receives.