10 Questions With National Federation of Independent Business CEO Dan Danner

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You've got to stay well informed, so where do you get most of your news?

Probably read more. I don't watch a lot of cable shows. I mean I read – some of it I get hard copy, some of it, a lot of stuff's online. I always try to read a couple of newspapers. I read the Post 'cause it's the Post. I read the Wall Street — I read in the morning Politico, Roll Call, The Hill. We get summaries in the morning, Congress Daily, I read those. I get a lot of stuff from the Hill, you know, from leadership offices and stuff on the Hill. Real Clear Politics, if I'm looking at checking the primary results or poll results, or, not as often but occasionally just for the fun of it, all I'll take a shot of Drudge and see. I'm not a regular Drudge-ite. I don't watch a lot of shows the talking heads. Actually I find those sort of boring. Those are all about political posturing, and I don't think if you're watching the talking heads you're going to find much new in terms of substance. Sound bites of the day. That's not really what I'm the most interested in. I know pretty much who's arguing what and who's pointing the finger when, so I don't really watch it that much.

A lot of people these days are pretty down on Washington and say it's an awful place. Why are you here?

There still are a lot of great, great people here. I've been here 32 years. I have a lot of great friends here, people that I've worked with for a lot of years. Washington is a magnet for incredibly smart, passionate people. If you look at people that work on the Hill, I mean, they are incredibly smart people from the finest universities in the country and the world who are passionate about what they do. That's fun to be a part of, you know? And I care about our piece of that, however small or big that is, and I like to be in a part of whatever level, trying to make a difference for things that I believe in. It is different now. There's probably thousands now articles and books written about why Washington's so gridlocked, and there are a whole lot of reasons. It's everything from redistricting to instantaneous news to microtargeting — you know, you target left-handed people who care about one issue and nothing else, and I think all that's a shame. All of us pay the price for the inability to work together to find more good solutions. If you look at the Senate, there are not many Sam Nunns. It's hard to be in the middle of either party.

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