April 17, 2008

The national speaker at the 2008 CHINA Town Hall was Norman J. Ornstein, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute. He spoke about “The China Issue in the 2008 Presidential and Congressional Campaigns. The discussion was moderated by National Committee President Stephen A. Orlins.

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  • Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He also serves as an election analyst for CBS News and writes a weekly column called "Congress Inside Out" for Roll Call newspaper. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and other major publications, and regularly appears on television programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, and Charlie Rose.

    He serves as senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission, working to ensure that our institutions of government can be maintained in the event of a terrorist attack on Washington. His campaign finance working group of scholars and practitioners helped shape the major law, known as McCain/Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. He is also co-directing a multi-year effort, the Transition to Governing Project, to create a better climate for governing in the era of the permanent campaign.

    Norm is a member of the board of directors of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Campaign Legal Center, and of the board of trustees of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

    His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future, Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track -- all co-authored with Thomas E. Mann; and Debt and Taxes: How America Got Into Its Budget Mess and What to Do About It, with John H. Makin.

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