The future of U.S. politics discussed at Skidmore


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Leaders from both sides of the aisle lead a discussion on Monday about the future of politics in the United States.

People came together at Skidmore College to discuss politics as the 2016 presidential election is less than a month away. The question on many people’s minds is “What happened to compromise?”

No matter where you fall on the political aisle, it seems everyone can agree.

“I believe we need to find ways to strengthen and nurture that dialogue that we require,” Congressman Paul Tonko said.

It’s no surprise after the type of presidential election cycle seen in 2016.

“I think that the harshness in these debates shows that often it turns into an event on personality or character assassinations,” Tonko said.

That’s why Tonko, a democrat, and Congressman Chris Gibson, a republican, took to the stage at Skidmore. Tonko is seeking re-election. Gibson is not. But on Monday, they agreed on the importance of clear communication and dialogue in politics.

“People are calling into question the rules of the game now,” Gibson said.

Gibson looked at the current state of the presidential race.

“I think it’s really moved us away from a very important delicate balance that we’ve had,” he said. “Regardless of whether or not you’re progressive or conservative, there was always this belief that we had fair rules for disputing resolution.”

Tonko agreed.

“It has got to be factual, and we have to make certain that there is validation,” he said.

The discussion was moderated by PBS host Alexander Heffner.

“How can we wake up on November 9 and form a consensus that is believable and that is inclusive and that speaks to these challenges,” he asked.

That questions hopes to be answered on Election Day.

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