Be among the first to use our new Common Ground Scorecard! Before you vote, see how your candidates rate at finding common ground.

How are points earned?

1. Official Performance (30 points)

  1. Legislators: Bipartisan bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship
  2. Executives: Bipartisan job approval
  3. Candidates without congressional or gubernatorial service: Predictive estimate by statistical modeling

2. Personal Actions (30 points)

  1. Public conversation across political differences
  2. Joining an official from the opposing party for a visit of their district
  3. Membership in a common ground focused caucus (Only U.S. House)

3. Communication (20 points +/-)

  1. Promoting common ground (+)
  2. Insulting political opponents (-)

4. Commitments (20 points)

  1. I will identify and set aside personal biases.
  2. I will commit to seek agreement, progress, and solutions.
  3. I will listen first to learn perspectives and experiences.
  4. I will not assume, but seek to understand motives and intentions.
  5. I will seek outcomes all can live with but not compromise principles.
  6. I will accept that good people may disagree.
  7. I will use and accept facts.
  8. I will stay respectful.
  9. I will resist demonizing.
  10. I will de-escalate hostile situations.

5. BONUS: Outstanding Common Grounder (+10 points)

  1. Awarded for common ground behavior or boldly champions common ground.
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The Maverick Matrix™ illustrates the degree to which an official seeks common ground relative to the partisan intensity of their constituents, meaning how strongly the area they represent favors one party over the other. The matrix is divided into four labeled quadrants:

  • Balancers: Balancing constituents more closely divided between the parties, this official is more of a Common Grounder.
  • Team Players: Consistent with a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • True Believers: Despite a constituency more closely divided between the parties, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • Mavericks: Despite a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is more of a Common Grounder. Such officials are most commendable in our view.
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Joe Biden Presidential / VP Candidate (D)

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Kamala Harris Presidential / VP Candidate (D)

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Joe Biden (D)

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Common Ground Score 43Well Above Average

Commentary

Won Prize For Civility In Public Life from Allegheny College. Official Performance score based on Biden's most recent Senate term. "I'm convinced we can and must find common ground in one of the most critical challenges of our time." "Working together in good faith, we have found many areas of common ground and potential agreement." "It has left me with the conviction that personal relationship is the one thing that unlocks the true potential of this place... A personal relationship is what allows you to go after someone hammer and tongs on one issue and still find common ground on the next. It is the grease that lubricates this incredible system we have. It is what allows you to see the world from another person's perspective and allows them to take the time to see it from yours." "At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today you look at the other side and you're the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don't talk to each other anymore." "I hope we can... come to some greater sense of what a common ground might be." "'This is a hall for mutual consultation and discussion; not an arena for the exhibition of champions.' Extended debate, the filibuster, was a means to reach a more modest and moderate result to achieve compromise and common ground." On Vice President Biden's Maverick Matrix, Constituent Partisan Intensity is zero because he is running to represent the entire nation, which is the baseline for partisan intensity.

How do the politicians compare?

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Maverick Matrix

Balancers
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