Baker Institute honorary chair James A. Baker, III, recently spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center about the massive U.S. national debt and the need to restore comity to our political debate.

"Washington has become a place where bipartisanship and compromise are dirty words," Baker said. "That"s tragic. That"s not the way the founders intended that we govern."

"Bipartisanship facilitates the passage of politically difficult but necessary legislation. Bipartisanship fosters continuity of government by reducing the chance that policies will be reversed when the other party comes to power."

Baker also outlined principles of a "grand bargain" -- or broad bipartisan agreement -- that addresses the national debt.

Watch the Oct. 23, 2012, video of "Civil Discourse and a Grand Bargain," part of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Lee Hamilton Lecture Series, below.