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CNN Commentator Patti Solis Doyle and Former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts Jr. Talk Politics at 2018 Conference

J.C. Watts Jr., former U.S. representative and founder and chairman of J.C. Watts Companies, and Patti Solis Doyle, CNN political commentator and president of Solis Strategies, will participate in a moderated discussion on the current national political climate at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference. On Wednesday, May 30 they will share insights with Harold Ford Jr., former U.S. representative, on the trend of hyper-partisanship and where opportunity lies for a more civil conversation in order to move past ideology and help move America forward.

Watts, a college football star-turned politician, began his political career when he was elected to the U.S. Congress to represent Oklahoma’s fourth district in 1994. Watts served eight years on the House Armed Services Committee and authored legislation to create, and then serve on, the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. He also developed legislation with Congressman John Lewis to establish the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Watts served in Congress from 1994-2003 and founded his consulting company, J.C. Watts Companies. He currently serves as a nationally recognized political analyst.

Solis Doyle is a nationally recognized political organizer, campaign strategist and CNN political commentator who speaks regularly on the rise of women and minorities in politics, presidential campaigns, and issues affecting Hispanic Americans. As the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, Solis Doyle was the first Hispanic woman to lead a presidential campaign. She also served as chief of staff to Clinton’s first U.S. Senate campaign. Later, Solis Doyle managed Clinton’s political operations, PAC and 2006 re-election campaign.