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Common Ground Committee Hosts Political Veterans James Carville and Reince Priebus for a Discussion on Strengthening Democracy

Conversation addressing solutions to find common ground and strengthen our model of governance.

Sherman, CT, November 4, 2022 – Common Ground Committee (CGC), a nonpartisan, citizen-led nonprofit dedicated to reducing polarization, announced today their upcoming free in-person event on strengthening democracy, in partnership with the Dornsife Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California. Political icon James Carville will be joined by former White House Chief of Staff (2017) and Republican National Committee Chair (2011-2017) Reince Priebus for a discussion moderated by Bob Shrum, Director of the Dornsife Center for the Political Future at USC. The conversation, about how to strengthen democracy, will be held at the USC Town and Gown at the University of Southern California on November 17, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm PST. Tickets are free and can be reserved here to attend in person. Additionally, the event will be live streamed and webinar reservations can be found here.

“Regardless of what one may think is the most effective way to strengthen our democracy, progress is stifled in the absence of dialogue and collaboration,” said Bruce Bond, Co-Founder and CEO of CGC, “As has been the case with all of our events we are confident those who attend will leave inspired and hopeful that further progress can be made on this serious issue.”

James Carville is a Democratic strategist who contributes to CNN’s The Situation Room and was formerly the co-host of Crossfire, CNN’s political debate program. As a fundraiser for the Democratic Party, Carville remains active in politics. His consulting firm, Carville & Begala, helped elect President Bill Clinton in 1992, making Carville a national political figure. In 1993, he was named Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants and later served as a senior political adviser to the president.

Reince Priebus is serving as the president of the law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Before joining Michael Best, Priebus was named White House Chief of Staff shortly after the 2016 Presidential campaign and formally served as the longest-serving chairman of the Republican National Committee in modern history. He oversaw a dramatic turnaround of the RNC, rescuing its finances, repairing its operations, and rebuilding its ground game while raising over one billion dollars. Priebus built the infrastructure needed for landslide GOP victories and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in both 2016 and 2017.

This is CGC’s second in-person event of the year, and 19th overall, following a conversation on guns with Sen. Chris Murphy and former Congressman Will Hurd in September.

James Carville and Reince Priebus will be available for interviews following the event. For interview requests, please contact Zach Halper at or 862-224-3233


About Common Ground Committee
Common Ground Committee (CGC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) citizen-led organization dedicated to bringing healing to the national challenges of polarization and incivility. Since its founding in 2009, CGC has held 18 public forums featuring panelists who have reached over 250 points of consensus. Panelists have included such notable pairings as John Kerry and Condoleezza Rice, Chris Murphy and Will Hurd, David Petraeus and Susan Rice, Michael Steele and Donna Brazile, Chris Wallace and Maggie Haberman, and Larry Kudlow and Barney Frank, exploring issues ranging from race and income inequality to foreign policy. CGC produces the Let’s Find Common Ground podcast series, which has had over 200 thousand downloads and over 100 thousand subscribers. CGC also created the Common Ground Scorecard, a voting tool that scores politicians and candidates for public office on their likelihood to find common ground with the opposite party. Free of political agenda and financial influence, CGC has a singular focus on bringing light, not heat, to public discourse.