It’s increasingly rare these days to see two people from opposite sides of the political spectrum sit down and have a conversation—which is why I was happy to have the opportunity recently to do just that with former White House senior adviser David Axelrod.

We both were guests on Bill Maher’s show a couple of months ago, and following that event, he invited me to do a fellowship at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, which Axelrod launched shortly after leaving the White House.

>>> A Conversation With David Axelrod: What Happened to Bipartisanship Under Obama?

In part one of the interview, Axelrod and I talked about the polarization of American politics. Now, in part two, we discuss the 2016 election, including which characteristics he believes voters will be looking for as they survey the field of presidential candidates and what issues he hopes both political parties will address.

>>> Coming Thursday: How Axelrod Views Racial Relations Under President Obama