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The Voices of CNN: Effective Government Leaders Break Gridlock, Not Create It

Two of America’s foremost political voices took Michigan’s Center Stage during “Across the Isle: Michigan and the Midterms,” to stress the importance of compromise and effective leadership in breaking the partisan gridlock in Congress. Paul W. Smith, host of News/Talk WJR 760 AM, moderated the debate, which included Paul Begala, democratic strategist and CNN political contributor, and S.E. Cupp, host of CNN’s “Crossfire.”

Begala, a former advisor to President Clinton, argued that compromise must once again become an honorable word in Congress, and that voters must stop punishing politicians who find common ground. Cupp urged Republicans to learn to judge candidates by their effectiveness, instead of ideological litmus tests.

Both commentators agreed that the retirement of senior statesmen like U.S. Representative John Dingell (D-Dearborn), U.S. Senator Carl Levin and U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) will strike a major blow to Michigan’s political landscape, as the state will lose nearly 10 decades of leadership in the same election.

To read an analysis on the impact of Michigan’s anticipated congressional delegation retirements in the special Mackinac Policy Conference edition of Detroiter Magazine, click here. The presenting sponsor of this session was DTE Energy. The supporting sponsors were General Motors, ITC Holdings Corp., and Michigan International Speedway.