MPR News Presents for July 24, 2013
Jul 24, 2013 George Mitchell Photo by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images Guests George Mitchell: Chairman emeritus of DLA Piper and a former US Senator (D-ME). Prior to DLA Piper, he served as a federal judge; as majority leader of the US Senate; as chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, resulting in an agreement that ended an historic conflict; and most recently as US special envoy to the Middle East. He is a founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center. Tim Pawlenty: President and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, which represents leading financial service companies in protecting the security, integrity, and success of our nation's financial system. Governor of Minnesota from 2003 to 2011. Unsuccessful GOP candidate for President in 2012. Melody Barnes: CEO of Melody Barnes Solutions LLC. Vice provost for global student leadership initiatives and a senior fellow at Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. She is a senior director at the Albright Stonebridge Group; chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. From 2009 to 2012, Barnes was assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Ta-Nehisi Coates: Senior editor for The Atlantic. Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2008, he published his debut memoir "The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood." He has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, and The New Yorker. Thomas Wilson: Chairman, president, and CEO of The Allstate Corporation and Allstate Insurance Company. Wilson has served as president and CEO of Allstate since 2007. Rita Braver: Moderator, CBS News.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former US Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell headline a panel titled "Politics of the Possible." Mitchell calls on politicians to resolve conflicts in a manner that serves the public interest and says the American people are to blame for demanding that issues be resolved in accordance with their own particular view. Pawlenty says leadership requires a healthy dose of pragmatism, but many leaders can't get anyone to follow.