At a time of intense polarization across the country and bitter partisan battles in Washington, some of the nation’s governors are attempting to find a way forward to solve their own states’ problems. Judy Woodruff sat down with two governors from opposing sides to talk about their call to disagree better. It's part of her series, America at a Crossroads.

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In a climate of intense polarization and partisan strife, some governors are championing the importance of disagreeing better. The National Governors Association has initiated a series urging respectful dialogue despite political differences. Governors Spencer Cox (R-UT) and Wes Moore (D-MD) advocate for finding common ground without resorting to divisiveness. They emphasize the need for productive discourse even on contentious issues like immigration and diversity initiatives. While acknowledging real disagreements, they stress the importance of respecting differing perspectives. Despite challenges such as election distrust and divisive figures like former President Trump, they underscore the resilience of American democracy and the imperative to focus on solutions and unity. The message is clear: prioritize understanding, compromise, and listening for the betterment of society.


At a time of intense polarization across the country and bitter partisan battles in Washington, some of the nation’s governors are attempting to find a way forward to solve their own states’ problems. Judy Woodruff sat down with two governors from opposing sides to talk about their call to disagree better. It’s part of her series, America at a Crossroads.

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