As the US Presidential Elections gain momentum, a significant part of the political discourse has devolved to new lows, with personal attacks, jarring, controversial statements and more.
This is not limited to one side of the political spectrum, or area. From President Trump mocking his opponent's son at a rally to Joe Biden terming the Republican leader a "clown' - the attacks have become increasingly frequent. And while many may continue to be amused or enthralled by it, some have had enough.
Republican Candidate Spencer Cox and Democratic Candidate Chris Peterson may be competitors in the race to become the Governor of Utah, but as they noted in a new video message, that does not mean they have to be unpleasant to each other.
"We are currently in the final days of campaigning against each other to be your next governor," Peterson can be heard saying. And while both think that people should not vote for the other, the two agree that one does not have to agree on everything to be civil to one another.
"We can debate big issues without degrading each other's character," says Peterson.
"We can disagree without hating each other," adds Cox.
"So lets show the country that there's a better way," Cox urges.
The two video ads were also uploaded by Cox and Peterson to their personal Twitter handles.
"Today @SpencerJCox and I are releasing joint public service ads on civility in politics. Working together and the peaceful transfer of power are integral to what it means to be American. Let's reforge our national commitment to decency and democracy," Peterson wrote.
Reacting to the same, Coz wrote, "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."
The adverts have drawn a huge response from people with primarily appreciative comments. "God bless you both. This is outstanding! I hope this message is seen by every American, especially our politicians and pundits," wrote one Twitter user.
"That is literally the best Political ad I've ever seen; and having been in media ad sales & in charge of a LOT of political advertising over the years, I've had to watch more than most. Kudos to both of you guys for doing this. BTW, who paid for it? I don't see a disclaimer," commented another.