George Mitchell shares his thoughts on the direction our nation should be taking.
Mitchell's mission is to ensure the U.S. remains a leader in brokering peace and ensuring the safety and viability of populations. As congressman, Mitchell was named most respected member six times.
He helped broker peace in Northern Ireland and worked to discover a path to peace in the Middle East.
Most recently, he led an investigation into the illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball.
George J. Mitchell served as US special envoy for Middle East peace from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that he had a distinguished career in public service. He was appointed to the US Senate (D-ME) in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of senator Edmund S. Muskie and went on to win elections and stay in the Senate for 15 years. Mitchell served on the Finance, Veterans Affairs, and Environment and Public Works Committees. He led the successful reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and was author of the first national oil spill prevention and cleanup law. Mitchell led the Senate to passage of the nation’s first child-care bill and was principal author of the low-income housing tax credit program. He was instrumental in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mitchell left the Senate in 1995 as the Senate majority leader, a position he had held since 1989.
Former Senator George Mitchell reminds the audience that the rule of law in America applies equally to the government, and that the claim by President Bush to have authority to hold prisoners without trial sends a signal around the world about our democratic values.
George Mitchell advocates a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and says, only the U.S. "has the capacity to create the context in which negations can take place to reach an agreement, and to see that it's implemented."
George Mitchell describes his first filibuster experience while serving as a United States Senator. He narrates an inexplicable and ridiculous series of events that might surprise many American citizens about their own government.