Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other elected officials from the party discuss what Obama must do in his second term.
Hosted by National Journal and The Atlantic, this panel discussion, moderated by National Journal Editorial Director Ron Brownstein, includes Nancy Pelosi and others talking about what President Obama must accomplish in a second term if he is reelected.
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Melody Barnes is the Former President’s Domestic Policy Adviser and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House. Before joining the White House, Barnes served as the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to President Obama’s campaign.
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
Joseph "Joe" Courtney is the U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Major Garrett was named CBS News' Chief White House Correspondent in November 2012. As Chief White House Correspondent, Garrett reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. He is also a substitute anchor of "Face The Nation."
While covering the White House for CBS News, Garrett reported extensively on the fiscal cliff negotiations; covered President Obama's second inauguration; and reported breaking details of Obama's gun control proposals after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Garrett also traveled with President Obama to the Middle East to cover the president's first foreign trip of his second term in office.
Before joining CBS News as Chief White House Correspondent, Garrett was a fixture during CBS News' coverage of Campaign 2012 through a partnership with the National Journal, where he was Chief White House Correspondent. He co-hosted the network's coverage of the 2011 South Carolina Republican Primary debate alongside "CBS Evening News" Anchor and Managing Editor Scott Pelley.
David Gregory is the moderator of "Meet the Press," America's longest-running television program. Since taking the helm in December 2008, the program has maintained its tradition as must-see television for politics and public policy, setting the agenda and asking the tough questions of elected officials and candidates on such issues as the economy, budget, foreign and political campaigns.
Dannel P. Malloy, Governor, Connecticut.
Representative Nancy Pelosi
For 25 years, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's 12th District in the House of Representatives. The 12th District includes most of the City of San Francisco including the Bayview, Chinatown, the Mission, North Beach, Presidio, SOMA, the Sunset and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a vibrant and prosperous community.
As the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 113th Congress, Pelosi is focused on strengthening America's middle class through job creation, reforming the political system to create clean campaigns and fair elections, enacting comprehensive immigration reform, and ensuring safety in America’s communities, neighborhoods and schools. From 2007-2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history. She first made history in November 2002 when House Democrats elected her the first woman to lead a major political party in Congress. Pelosi has led House Democrats for a decade and previously served as House Democratic Whip.
The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen is a Democratic senator of the state of New Hampshire. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. Senator Shaheen earned a bachelor's degree from Shippensburg University and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi. She became the first woman elected governor of New Hampshire, serving three terms from 1997 to 2003. During her governorship, she led trade missions to Europe and later spent time in Nigeria, Armenia, and the Middle East as an election monitor for the National Democratic Institute. In 2005, she became the director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. The Senator currently serves on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and is chair of the European Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She also sits on the Committee for Energy and Natural Resources and Committee for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Gene B. Sperling
Gene B. Sperling is Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Upon his appointment on January 7, 2011, Mr. Sperling became the first person to serve as NEC Director and principal economic policy advisor for two presidents: first under President Clinton from 1997 to 2001, and now under President Obama.
In the Obama Administration, Sperling has played a key role representing the White House in budget negotiations with Congress as well as in designing several of the President’s economic initiatives including the American Jobs Act, the extension of Transition Adjustment Assistance, the universal dislocated workers program, and the small business tax credit. He also serves as the White House point person on several of the President’s top priorities including manufacturing policy, housing, and economic assistance for veterans.
During his eight years at the White House in the Clinton Administration, Sperling helped negotiate the 1993 and 1997 Deficit Reduction Acts and the increase in the earned-income tax credit and a champion of Saving Social Security First, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Direct Student Loan program.
Mr. Sperling’s work extends beyond economics. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Mr. Sperling was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution where he focused on education in poor and conflict-affected nations. He was the founder and Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-authored a book entitled What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence and Policies from the Developing World.
Mr. Sperling was also Senior Fellow for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, where he authored The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Sperling served as Counselor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that role, Mr. Sperling served as a lead policy advisor on fiscal, budget, tax, job creation and small business issues.
Mr. Sperling graduated from the University of Minnesota and Yale Law School, and attended Wharton Business School. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents still live.
Jessica Yellin is an American television journalist, currently serving as the Chief White House Correspondent for CNN in Washington, D.C.
A expert panel of Democratic leaders and advisors discuss the possibly of immigration reform in Obama's second term. The panel agrees that while an reelected Obama Administration will make inroads, action on immigration reform requires support from Republicans.
Melody Barnes, the President’s Domestic Policy Adviser, and Governor of Connecticut Dannel P. Malloy argue that the Tea Party is holding the greater Republican Party hostage. Barnes and Malloy agree that the Tea Party's game of politics will have some challenges in the 2012 Election.