November 23rd, 2012
12:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Actor James Spader weighs in on 'Lincoln' and partisanship

(CNN) - Actor James Spader, while talking about his role as W.N. Bilbo in the new movie "Lincoln," said partisanship in American politics had a different look during the Civil War era.

"You not only were contending with people across the aisle, there was tremendous argument and discourse within your own party, which in a way I think felt even more democratic. Because argumentative discourse and eventual compromise is the best that a democracy can be," he said Friday on CNN's "Starting Point."

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Compromise is certainly absent from the Democratic Party today. Virtually non-existent.

    November 23, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Sevr4

    Ironic.. It was a Republican President and Congress who pushed through the 13th amendment, and Democrats who opposed it vehemently.

    November 23, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. DENNA

    Acrually the Republican Party today refined the art of refusing to compromise. How did that work out for them? LOL not as well as they would have hoped. America saw a problem and they then voted to correct it by reelecting Barack Obama. Now the Republicans might understand that America wants compromise.

    November 23, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Rick – There you go again, spouting nonsense. You and your fellow conspiracists at Fox foreign owned media, better send some money to the NRA, because cartoon character, Pepe "The Skunk" LaPierre said that Obama is taking away your guns. Kind of the way the boy who cried "Wolf," only he gets millions for the lie.

    November 23, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. ProfitOverLife

    Except that even back then, according to the movie, compromise was still about deal making, influence, personal attacks, sneaky tricks and deception, semantic gymnastics, reputations, age and seniority, and political favors.

    November 23, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |