Story at a glance
- Republican candidate Spencer Cox and Democratic candidate Chris Peterson came together to create an ad supporting a peaceful transition of power.
- The lighthearted commercial is a stark contrast to deep divides in U.S. political parties.
With the fireworks of the first 2020 presidential debate between incumbent President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden still fresh in the minds of the American public, an ad launched by opposing candidates in Utah’s gubernatorial race is going viral as a potential remedy to the divisive American political standard.
I’m not sure this has ever been done before...but as our national political dialogue continues to decline, my opponent @PetersonUtah and I decided to try something different. We can disagree without hating each other. Let’s make Utah an example to the nation. #StandUnited #utpol pic.twitter.com/Tkr2sDCYTB— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) October 20, 2020
The ad, featuring rival candidates Republican Lieutenant Gov. Spencer Cox and Democrat law professor Chris Peterson, makes a lighthearted call for unity amid a starkly bipartisan culture.
“We can debate issues without degrading each other’s character,” Cox began, to which Peterson continued to say, “We can disagree without hating each other,” in a commercial that conveyed to voters that regardless of the outcome, both parties will work together for Utah residents.
The video concludes with the #StandUnited.
The pair assured voters that they will respect the outcome of the election, regardless of who wins. Both politicians voice this message as President Trump recently voiced doubts regarding his acceptance of the outcome of the presidential election.
I want to thank Chris for his willingness to record these PSA’s with me. No matter who wins the presidential election, we must all commit to a peaceful transfer of power and working together. So please vote and then let’s #standunited for a better America. https://t.co/TwPpD8q6Um— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) October 20, 2020
“Our common values transcend our political differences, and the strength of our nation rests on our ability to see that,” Peterson said, followed by Cox confirming that both candidates “are both equally dedicated to the American values of democracy, liberty, and justice for all people.”
Cox and Peterson then ask the upcoming Utah election to be an example to the greater U.S. on civility and a peaceful transition of power.