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USA Today: Can veterans rescue Congress from its partisan paralysis?

February 7, 2018

By: Mike Mullen and Elliot Ackerman, Opinion contributors

These candidates have put country above self before and are committing to do so again. Hopefully, they'll set an example for others in politics.

Van Taylor and Pat Ryan are both running for Congress and would appear to have nothing in common. Taylor, a Republican from Texas, is pro-life and strong on Second Amendment gun rights, and supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Ryan, a Democrat from New York, supports Planned Parenthood and universal health care, and believes President Trump’s proposed exit from the Paris climate accords is “a betrayal of future generations.”

Ideologically, these two seem like they couldn’t be further apart. However, in the nascent days of their campaigns, they have found agreement on one issue, which offers a sliver of hope in deeply divisive times.

Taylor and Ryan have each signed a pledge to “join with colleagues on both sides of the aisle on at least one piece of major legislation each year,” and to “meet with someone from the opposing party one-on-one at least once a month.”

 

The pledge is sponsored by the new political group we advise, With Honor, and we're aiming to have about 30 congressional candidates of both parties sign it. Our goal is to create a cross-party congressional caucus capable of surmounting what has become a debilitating partisan divide [...]

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