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The Extraordinary Search for Ordinary Politicians [Podcast]

April 21, 2016

One of the most vexing issues in politics is how to get more ordinary people to run for office. On this episode of Sanford's podcast, Ways & Means, we explore the idea. Listen:

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Assistant Professor Nick Carnes has done extensive research into something he calls "white collar government."

"It really matters that almost none of our politicians come from the working class jobs that most Americans do every single day," says Carnes. "That made me want to understand what exactly is keeping ordinary Americans from getting into politics."

Carnes notes if millionaires formed their own political party, that party would have a majority in the House of Representatives, a supermajority in the Senate, a majority on the Supreme Court and a man in the White House.

Carnes has begun looking closely at what it takes to run for office. He recently ran workshops for wanna-be politicians.