Bipartisanship in Congress

Bipartisanship in Congress

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Bipartisanship, Dominance, Shakespeare, Middle East

Episode: Bipartisanship, Dominance, Shakespeare, Middle East

  • May 14, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 16:11 mins

Guest: Jeff Flake, fifth-generation Arizonan and has served in the US Senate for the last two years. Prior to that, he served for 12 years in the US House of Representatives Politicians and pundits alike bemoan the death of bipartisanship in Washington. Cross-party collaboration on big issues is rare. It’s even rarer to see Republicans and Democrats spending quality time together, let alone breaking bread. But Republican Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona thinks the benefits of face-time with the opposition are worth the possibility of a little partisan indigestion.  He and fellow Senator Martin Heinrich -- a Democrat from New Mexico -- recently organized a rare bi-partisan lunch in the Senate. They hatched the idea while doing something even more hard-to-believe in this partisan political climate—they spent a week together on a deserted island proving that even opponents can work together when they want to.