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You ‘Need To Know’ Norm Ornstein

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Our co-founder and resident scholar Norman J. Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute appeared with legendary political journalist Jeff Greenfield on the PBS series Need To Know last week to discuss “Making Congress Work.” They were joined by Mickey Edwards, the former Republican Congressman from Oklahoma and Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee.

Laura LeBlanc at PBS provides context for this conversation:

Congress has never been very popular, but its public image is currently at a historic low. Recent approval ratings for the first branch of government range from only 9 to 13 percent, depending on whom you ask, and frustration is coming from both sides of the political aisle… As a body, Congress is more polarized than ever.

Amongst all of the topics discussed in their nearly 20-minute chat was how to raise voter participation. Norm suggested mandatory voting and also Weekend Voting, as you might suspect. The discussion of voter participation starts at the 8-minute mark.

Watch Making Congress work on PBS. See more from NEED TO KNOW.

One Response to “You ‘Need To Know’ Norm Ornstein”

  1. Graham B. Henry Jr. Says:

    I have seen Mr Ornstein on many TV shows and I always learned something new.
    I have often wondered why he has not been on many shows about politics lately.
    Anything that Mr Ornstein is involved in has got to be a good thing.

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