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Across the Aisle: Where Partisanship Began

by Jan Schroder

America wasn’t always this vitriolic. It need not be now. To prove it, we convened two former US Senators – one Democrat and one Republican – to kick off our eight-part video series.

“The House is designed by its nature to be partisan,” Saxby Chambliss said. “If you are in the minority party you basically have no say so … I truly did expect something different when I got to the Senate.”

“Historians have already written that the touchstone where it really began was Newt Gingrich and his Contract for America,” Wyche Fowler said. The two will offer solutions in upcoming episodes.

Chris Schroder, SPR Atlanta

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