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Glickman Says He May Be 'Pollyanna-ish' But Thinks Split Gov't Will Help Unlock Gridlock

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with ABC News, Bipartisan Committee Senior Fellow Dan Glickman says he’s optimistic about the prospects for an end to gridlock in Washington next year.  If things don’t improve, however, Glickman said, “there could be a much more serious independent party movement in this country” in 2012.

“I was in the administration with the split government, at least for a while with the Clinton administration, things tend to work a little bit better when you have one party in at least one part of government, and another party in at least one part of government,” said the ex-Rep. and ex-Agriculture Secretary.  “My judgment is that I think things will calm down a bit. I still think we're for a few years of serious partisan differences, but I think the public is not going to tolerate bickering and hyper-partisanship. So, I'm hopeful, and maybe I'm 'Pollyanna-ish,' but I think we'll get a little bit better.”

Glickman, who spent 18 years in Congress representing Kansas’ 4th District, also hoped to see more leadership coming from the President and Congress on tackling the nation’s growing debt and the deficit.

Asked by ABC News for his advice to his former Democratic colleagues on the Hill regarding expanding the Bush-era tax cuts, Glickman responded, “I  would have liked to see the President take a stronger message in terms of a value-statement, of what he supports, and he's come out with some of that, but given the election, my guess is they'll probably punt this for awhile, a year or two.”

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