The Honorable William Cohen, CEO of The Cohen Group, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, and former U.S. Senator
"The Bipartisan Bridge is a wonderful idea, and I commend you on your achievement. As our political system draws candidates for public office toward partisan extremes, efforts to bring citizens and leaders together around common interests and values are increasingly important. Your online venue for engagement and collaboration will make a positive contribution to the national dialogue in which we are now engaged. "
-- The Honorable William Cohen, CEO of The Cohen Group, former Secretary of Defense, and former U.S. Senator
The Honorable Norman Mineta, Vice Chairman of Hill & Knowlton, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and former Member of the US House of Representatives
“The new era of President Obama bodes well for a return to a bipartisan ethic in Washington, and the Bipartisan Bridge offers a laudable contribution to this effort. It has long been clear that we need to move from the past decade’s 'politics of annihilation' to a new 'politics of cooperation'. For starters, we must meet with and listen to those with whom we don’t always agree, because, when legislators don’t know each other well, they feel as though they can assail each other without consequences. Instead, we must build upon shared values and goals, as there is no such thing as a Republican road or a Democratic highway. The Bipartisan Bridge dovetails well with President Obama’s core message, and showcases good examples of what we can achieve by working together. I enthusiastically commend it."
-- The Honorable Norman Mineta, Vice Chairman of Hill & Knowlton, former Secretary of Transportation, former Secretary of Commerce, and former Member of the US House of Representatives
John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, and former Chief of Staff to President Clinton
"The Bipartisan Bridge is a valuable and timely initiative to advance
progressive bipartisan and nonpartisan policy-making in American
government. Its objectives are well principled and consistent with those
of the Center for American Progress, and the ideas that it presents are
very impressive for their creativity, long-term problem-solving
approach, and ability to span traditional partisan divides. The effort
enables Americans at the grass-roots level to contribute to the
marketplace of ideas that should appeal to progressives and
conservatives, as well as to connect with their elected leaders. The
Bipartisan Bridge is a well-executed approach to collaboratively
advancing equity and opportunity, reinforcing American values, reforming
government, and bringing people together. I wish it success!"
-- John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress,
and former Chief of Staff to President Clinton
Daniel Zingale, Senior Advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chief of Staff to First Lady Maria Shriver
"The emergence of the Bipartisan Bridge comes at exactly the right time. A new generation of engaged Americans have tipped the balance in favor of a more collaborative, more unified, and common sense approach to the serious challenges facing us. The Bipartisan Bridge provides an important source of the ideas and dialogue needed to fuel that new way of governing."
-- Daniel Zingale, Senior Advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Maria Shriver
Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
"The Bipartisan Bridge is an admirable effort to accomplish important goals to make our society and political system work. It is well-designed, clever, constructive and important. I go to it often."
-- Norm Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute
James Prince, President, The Democracy Council
"The Bipartisan Bridge is an important and concrete vehicle by which to positively impact the decision - making process. This project is made even more timely by the intense partisanship and increase in wedge politics."
-- James Prince, The Democracy Council
Sally "Sarah" O'Donnell, former County Commissioner of Clatsop County, Oregon and Advocate for Mental Health Care
"My daughter (age 52) just told me (age 82) about this site and I am very impressed. Hats off to you! I am forwarding the site to everyone, Democrats and Republicans as well as Independents. We ALL need this forum and I thank you."
-- Sally "Sarah" O'Donnell, former
County Commissioner of Clatsop County, Oregon and Advocate for Mental Health Care