Compassion, cooperation and politics took center stage on March 1 at the main event of the “Celebrating Civility” speaker series hosted by the Institute of Politics at Florida State University.
The virtual forum featured US Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, and former US Senator Mel Martinez, a former Republican and FSU alumnus. Al Cardenas, who is an assistant faculty member at the institute and a former president of the Florida Republican Party, moderated the discussion.
With more More than 1,500 people watching online, Manchin and Martinez, recalled the kindness and bipartisanship they say are rare in Congress today, as well as discussions of the policy and prospects for the legislation currently before lawmakers.
FSU President John Thrasher gave a brief introduction and noted that the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol helps illustrate the need for a non-partisan institute.
“Sadly, recent events have shown us that we have a lot of work to do to heal the wounds this partisan division has inflicted on our country,” said Thrasher. “FSU’s Non-Partisan Institute of Politics aims to do its part by conducting relevant research and educating students and citizens about the political process and encouraging responsible civic engagement and respectful freedom of expression.”
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