Rick Warren has decided to cancel the presidential forum at Saddleback this year. Warren announced the change of plans yesterday:
We created the civil forums to promote civility and personal respect between people with major differences…The forums are meant to be a place where people of goodwill can seriously disagree on significant issues without being disagreeable or resorting to personal attack and name-calling. But that is not the climate of today’s campaign. I’ve never seen more irresponsible personal attacks, mean-spirited slander, and flat-out dishonest attack ads, and I don’t expect that tone to change before the election… It would be hypocritical to pretend civility for one evening only to have the name-calling return the next day.”
Personally, I’m a little disappointed. The last presidential forum four years ago was, in my opinion, the most candid that we got to see the candidates during most of the campaign.
I do agree with Rick that this campaign is nastier than most. Especially here in Ohio, a swing state. I am do tired of the commercials… for both sides.
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