Cardinal Dolan to Romney, Obama: Pledge to play nice
The deeply traditionalist Catholic Knights of Columbus want GOP contender Mitt Romney, President Obama and their running mates to all sign a civility pledge. Handing out the invite: Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. bishops, who will give the closing prayer for the RNC and has offered/pushed the DNC to invite him as well, says the goal is…
so that the upcoming campaign will remain focused on the critical issues facing our nation, and not on personal attacks.
The pledge says:
We, the undersigned citizens of the United States of America, respectfully request that candidates, the media and other advocates and commentators involved in the public policy arena employ a more civil tone in public discourse on political and social issues, focusing on policies rather than on individual personalities.
For our part, we pledge to make these principles our own.
The Knights say America wants this because, polls show…
78 percent of the American people are frustrated with the tone in politics today, and that 66 percent believe that candidates spend more time attacking their opponents than discussing the issues.
Clearly, this pledge would nix birther wisecracks and dog-on-car allusions.
But given that the election is all about which ticket you trust to deliver what you care about, the candidates’ veracity and their character under fire are very much a matter of personality, not policy. [more]