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Bipartisan group urges Trump, Congress to lead with civility

November 15, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A bipartisan group of former lawmakers, ex-Cabinet members and others says Congress and President-elect Donald Trump should lead with civility and respect so the country can move beyond the bitterness of the recent election.

Co-signers of the statement released Tuesday in Washington by the National Institute for Civil Discourse based at the University of Arizona include former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright and former Sens. Thomas Daschle and Richard Lugar.

The statement says the election’s bitterness can’t be erased but that the nation’s leaders should foster civility and respect for the sake of the nation.

Signs of the statement also include former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The institute was created in the wake of a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson in which Giffords was gravely wounded.