Common Ground Podcast: Slade Gorton on the Presidential Race & Failure of the Two Parties

Have we got a treat for you! Our super-special guest this week is former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, who was kind enough to sit down with us and talk extensively about the 2016 presidential campaign and the state of American politics.

Slade, who in June penned an op-ed for the Seattle Times ("Pray for a third-party candidate") blasting both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • The failure of the Republican and Democratic parties in nominating "two of the least acceptable candidates in history."
  • Increased partisanship in Congress to the point where neither party seems to represent the middle.
  • Why, and how, Republican debates should be reformed.
  • His (dwindling) hope for a third-party candidate and why he'll vote Libertarian if no such candidate appears.
  • The redistricting process and why Washington's system is "the best in the country."
  • Stopping the tradition of letting Iowa and New Hampshire always have the first caucus and primary in presidential campaigns.
  • His suggestion to his former colleagues in the U.S. Senate to get rid of the filibuster rule for the sake of better government and collaboration.

This episode is longer than usual because we just couldn't bring ourselves to cut short such a fascinating conversation. Enjoy!

Common Ground Slade Gorton Washington Research Council


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