Wednesday, December 10, 2014 13:00 to 15:00
Transatlantic Dialogue Luncheon: The 2014 U.S. Midterm Elections – Analysis and Outlook
The Republican Party scored a major victory in this year’s Midterm elections, extending their majority in the House and seizing the Senate from the Democrats. Many analysts have attributed the Democrats’ defeat to widespread voter discontent with President Obama. Evidently, with the Grand Old Party in power of both chambers in Congress, the prospects for Obama’s last two years in office are even gloomier. Or aren’t they? Future Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, has signaled that he wants to find compromise and end Washington’s gridlock. But will the parties be able to pass urgently needed reforms, for example a new immigration bill? And which policy areas are likely to see no progress at all in the coming two years? How will the U.S. act in the international arena?
George Van Bergen Senior Policy Advisor, AJC Transatlantic Institute, Brussels
Robert Moran Partner at Brunswick Group, Polling Expert
Rick Weiland Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator of South Dakota
Moderation Claus Gramckow Representative USA & Canada, Transatlantic Dialogue Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Washington, D.C.