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June 15, 2022

Finding Common Ground: The Senate Project debate series kicks off with Senators Bernie Sanders and Lindsey Graham

The Senate Project™ kicked off on June 13, 2022 inside the Kennedy Institute’s replica of the Senate Chamber with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Streamed by Fox Nation and moderated by Brett Baier, the senators discussed the economy, and much of the conversation focused on issues that are top-of-mind for voters such as gas prices, inflation, healthcare, Social Security, immigration, and guns.

The goal of The Senate Project™ debate series is to reintroduce the culture of seeking common ground and consensus that has been the essence of the Senate since it was conceived in 1789. The diverse new coalition of the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate hopes it will inspire policymakers to engage in robust debate and also to work towards the example set by Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Orrin Hatch, the late Utah Republican, for bipartisan bridge-building.

To view a full recording of the debate on Fox Nation visit:
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Coverage of The Senate Project include:
• Boston Globe: The Kennedy Institute and Senators Sanders and Graham hope to rekindle real Senate debates
• USA Today: We asked Bernie Sanders to debate Lindsey Graham. Who will win? America.
• Axios: Sander-Graham debate tests waters for a Senate reset
• CBS Boston: Keller @ Large: Kennedy, Hatch Foundations to host debates to show bipartisanship can work
• WGBH Greater Boston: Bernie Sanders and Lindsey Graham will debate in Boston. Can it help politicians find common ground?
• Boston Herald: Bernie Sanders, Lindsey Graham pull no punches in spirited debate
• Fox News: Bernie Sanders, Lindsey Graham to debate key public policy in Fox Nation live event
• Boston Globe: Board chair Bruce Percelay eyes a more national role for EMK Institute