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Cruz, Schiff highlight Center for Politics’ 20th annual American Democracy Conference

Today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the University of Virginia Center for Politics hosts the 20th annual American Democracy Conference in Washington D.C. The conference will feature Rep. Adam Schiff (D, CA-28), the likely next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who just won a second term in a nationally-watched contest, as well as leading journalists and political experts discussing the 2018 midterm election and the upcoming presidential campaign.

View the livestream here:

The conference schedule is:

9 a.m.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D, CA-28), interviewed by Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato

9:30 a.m.  

The Midterms: What did they mean? Where are we headed?

Moderator: Nia-Malika Henderson, CNN senior political reporter


Glen Bolger, Republican pollster, Public Opinion Strategies

Maria Cardona, Democratic strategist, Dewey Square Group

Kyle Kondik, managing editor, Sabato’s Crystal Ball

Symone Sanders, former national press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) 2016 presidential campaign

11:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

11:45 a.m. Panel: The Political Road Ahead

Moderator: Robert Costa, national political reporter for the Washington Post and moderator of Washington Week on PBS


Donna Brazile, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee

Juleanna Glover, former adviser to many prominent Republican officeholders and candidates

Chris LaCivita, Republican strategist

Jonathan Martin, national political correspondent for the New York Times

Cliff Young, president of Ipsos Public Affairs

The conference is being held in partnership with the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and is part of “Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies,” an ongoing program series organized by the Center for Politics and the Batten School for the 2018-2019 academic year as part of the National Symposium Series. Information on future programming can be found here.