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Is America ready for a Third Party?
  • Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

For more than 150 years, the President of the United States has either been a Democrat or a Republican.  How did we as a nation arrive at a firmly entrenched two-party system, and might our current turbulent political times be fertile grounds for a third party to emerge?  A bipartisan panel of former members of Congress, along with other issue experts, will discuss the history of our two-party system, past attempts at a viable third party – such as Ross Perot’s Reform Party – and some of the procedural factors that have created a monopoly for Democrats and Republicans across the country.

Presented in Partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress

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