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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Mike Pence Vice President

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Mike Pence Vice President20

Mike Pence (R)

Maverick Matrix

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Common Ground Score 20Somewhat Below Average

Commentary

Official Performance score based on Pence's term as governor of Indiana. "Let's set aside the politics of the moment. Let's find a common ground." "Respectful debate is also a hallmark of our democracy. And I know that we'll find many areas of common ground, as well." "This ought to be one of those moments where we can set politics aside and find common ground." "I am confident of this, I am confident the common ground is there; and it will be my hope and my prayer and my pledge to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to accomplish just that." "The conversations were constructive and substantive... [I'm going to see if we can] build on the common ground that we identified in the discussions today." On Vice President Pence's Maverick Matrix, Constituent Partisan Intensity is zero because he is representing the entire nation, which is the baseline for partisan intensity.

How do the politicians compare?

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Maverick Matrix

Balancers
Mavericks
True Believers
Team Players
Constituent Partisan Intensity
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