Political opponents of the governor of Utah post joint advertisements calling for courtesy
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – You don’t usually see that in an election year: Political opponents have come together for an advertising campaign.
But that’s exactly what is happening this year, as two of the candidates vying for the next governor of Utah are calling for decency during the election.
I’m not sure if this has ever been done before … but as our national political dialogue continues to decline, my opponent @PetersonUtah and I decided to try something different. We can disagree without hating each other. Let’s make Utah an example for the nation. #StandUnited #utpol pic.twitter.com/Tkr2sDCYTB
– Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) October 20, 2020
Republican candidate Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Democratic nominee Chris Peterson make a series of joint public announcements to promote courtesy.
“The time-honored values of peaceful transfer of power and working with those we grapple with are an integral part of what it means to be American,” Peterson said in a statement. “It is time to re-forge a national commitment to decency and our democratic republic.”
Today @SpencerJCox and I post joint public service ads on the subject of courtesy in politics. Cooperation and peaceful transfer of power are an integral part of what it is to be an American. Let’s re-forge our national commitment to decency and democracy. #utpol #standunited pic.twitter.com/jeUJ78aVor
– Peterson for Utah (@PetersonUtah) October 20, 2020
“As our national political dialogue continues to decline, Chris and I agree that it is time to expect more from our leaders and more from each other,” said Cox. “Utah has the opportunity to lead the charge against high-level tribalism and pledge to treat one another with dignity and respect.”
In the advertisements, the two politicians say they support the results of the presidential election and are committed to a peaceful transfer of power.
“We can discuss problems without diminishing each other’s character,” said Peterson in one of the advertisements.
“And we can disagree without hating each other,” added Cox.
In a joint interview in KSL 5 TV’s News at Noon, the candidates spoke about their motivation for the advertising campaign.
“We were talking and just had this crazy idea, ‘What if we did something to show that we don’t have to hate each other when we disagree?’ And it came together really quickly, ”said Cox.
“People on the political left, people on the political right, we’re both part of the same country and neither of us is going to leave,” Peterson said. “So we can either get along and fix problems, or we can fight and continue to split and stand still.”
Candidates demand courtesy, but admit that there will still be differences of opinion and approaches to solving problems.
“We should discuss. We should protest. We should vehemently disagree, ”said Cox. “But we don’t have to degrade each other and can actually solve problems together.”