The Participants



Admiral Dennis C. Blair
“Defense & Security”

Admiral Blair is the former Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Command, former Deputy Director of the CIA, and Former Director of National Intelligence. He is one of the most respected voices in the Nation on defense and security policy


Profesor Chester A. Crocker
“Foreign Policy”

Professor Crocker is Professor of Strategic Studies at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and former Chairman of the Board of the United States Institute of Peace. He is one of the most respected voices in the Nation on foreign policy


John H. Cochrane
“Economic Growth”

Mr. Cochrane is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Distinguished Fellow and formerly Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Many top economists have indicated that if anyone can recommend policies effectively to move the Nation forward at a more robust and sustained growth rate it will be John H. Cochrane


David J. Kramer
“Promoting Democracy, Human Rights, & the Rule of Law”

Mr. Kramer is a former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and former President of Freedom House. He is currently Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Mr. Kramer is a top national leader in promoting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law


Dr. Steven R. Goldring, MD
“Targeting Disease: Musculoskeletal Conditions”

Dr. Goldring is the Richard L. Menschel Research Chair at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, Chief Scientific Officer Emeritus of the Hospital for Special Surgery, Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell College of Medicine, former Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and former Chief of Rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. No one has a better understanding of what might be done to more effectively “target disease,” starting with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions


Harry R. Marshall
“Reducing Prison Populations & Criminal Justice Reform”

Mr. Marshall was a Senior Legal Adviser in the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice from 1991-2011, is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, and previously had a distinguished career as a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State and as an ACDA Senior Attorney in the SALT Negotiations


Grover Norquist
“Tax Policy 0”

Mr. Norquist is President of Americans for Tax Reform, a former economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a former Commissioner on the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service. He is nationally prominent for his work to hold down taxes and reform the tax code


Peter Ferrara
“Social Security Optionality: Reducing the Wealth Gap” and “Controlling the Deficit”

Mr. Ferrara is Director of the International Center for Law and Economics. He served as a senior staff member in the Reagan White House Office of Policy Development, and as an Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States under President George H.W. Bush. He is one of the top experts in the world on meaningful Social Security Reform


Dr. Roy S. Godson
“Education Against Crime”

Dr. Godson is Professor of Government Emeritus at Georgetown University and former President of the National Strategy Information Center. He has pioneered curricula development and teaching to counter crime and in support of the rule of law in public schools and other sectors, and he is the leader internationally in this effort


Professor Peter Skerry
“Immigration Policy”

Professor Skerry is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on social policy and immigration, among other issues. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and served as Director of Washington Programs for the University of California at Los Angeles’ Center for American Politics and Public Policy, where he also taught political science. He was formerly a Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Legislative Director for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of American Politics


Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr.
“Relational [Community] Policing”

Chief Longo is the Chief of Police of the City of Charlottesville, Virginia. He is entering his 34th year in law enforcement and is nationally-recognized in the areas of police ethics and professional standards. He holds a law degree from the University of Baltimore, and from 1981-2000, he served on the Baltimore police force, where he commanded several divisions. Since 2001 he has served as Chief of Police for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia


Professor John Norton Moore
“Introduction and Overview of Issues Facing the New President” and “Freedom & Authority: Right-Sizing Government”

Professor Moore is the Walter L. Brown Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and directs the Center for National Security Law at Virginia. Among six presidential appointments, he has served as a United States Ambassador, as a Deputy Special Representative of the President, and as Chairman of the Board of the United States Institute of Peace. He has also been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and served as the Co-Chairman with the Deputy Attorney General of the United States of the first talks between the United States and the then U.S.S.R. on the Rule of Law. Much of his research has focused on democracy, the rule of law, and controlling government failure, in addition to his work in founding the field of National Security Law. It is his invitation which has brought these twelve prominent Americans together in this initiative on “Focusing the Presidential Debates.”