Bipartisan Policy Center to Host Interactive National Town Hall Meeting on Political Polarization at Reagan Presidential Library Tomorrow

Mar 05, 2013, 11:50 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

Political and Civic Leaders Join Public to Explore Causes and Consequences of Extreme Partisanship; Commission Releases New National Poll on the Partisan Divide

Live Webcast of National Conversation on American Unity and Other Panels at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST

LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) new Commission on Political Reform (CPR) will hold its first National Conversation on American Unity town hall meeting tomorrow, moderated by Susan Page of USA TODAY.  At the town hall, top political and civic leaders will discuss with public audiences in the room and online the causes and consequences of America's extreme partisan political divide. 

Together with USA TODAY, BPC will also release a brand new national poll by Whit Ayres and Mark Mellman on partisanship in America, and host panels with former members of Congress discussing "Can Congress Work in an Era of Hyper-Partisanship?" and with leading experts on "Obstacles to American Public Service."  

Media and the public can join the conversation by visiting or following the commission on Twitter @BPC_Bipartisan using #EngageUSA. 

Questions and comments from media and the public will be incorporated into the National Conversation on American Unity town hall meeting in real time tomorrow.

View the full program here.

Watch the webcast live beginning at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST Wednesday here.

WHO:   Co-chairs and Members of BPC's Commission on Political Reform
Tom Daschle, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Co-founder, BPC
Dan Glickman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Representative; Senior Fellow, BPC
Dirk Kempthorne, Former Governor of Idaho, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and U.S. Senator; President and CEO, American Council of Life Insurers
Olympia Snowe, Former U.S. Senator; Senior Fellow, BPC
Hope Andrade, Former Texas Secretary of State
Molly Barker, Founder, Girls on the Run
Henry Bonilla, Former U.S. Representative; Partner, The Normandy Group
Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Jennifer M. Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan
Chris Marvin, Managing Director, "Got Your 6"; CPT (U.S. Army, Retired) Eric Motley, Ph.D., Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush; Vice President, the Aspen Institute
Reihan Salam, Lead Writer, National Review Online's "The Agenda"
Ronald A. Williams, Former Chairman and CEO, Aetna Inc.; Founder, RW-2 Enterprises LLC
Elaine Wynn, Director, Wynn Resorts; National Chairman, Communities in Schools; President, Nevada State Board of Education

WHAT:           National Conversation on American Unity town hall meeting and launch of BPC's new Commission on Political Reform

WHERE:          Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library
                       40 Presidential Drive
                       Simi Valley, CA 93065

Media can participate in the discussion in real time by watching the webcast and voting in the online poll at

Submit questions and comments by:

Tweeting to @BPC_Bipartisan #EngageUSA
Posting on BPC's Facebook page at 

WHEN:         Wednesday, March 6, 2013
                    1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST

SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center