Senator King preaches civility' during, after, Presidential election

Lack of normal citizen civility during national election.

BOOTHBAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Senator Angus King (I - Maine) spoke to middle and high school students at Boothbay Region High School on Thursday afternoon to talk about his job as a senator and answer students' questions.

The first question a young man asked was about King's views on the Presidential campaigns.

King urged civility to not just the politicians, but people.

"I don't know who's going to win this election, but 50 percent of the country is going to be mad and feel angry," said Sen. King. "We've got to understand that. You can't say, 'I won and the hell with you.' We've got to listen more."

King said this election has made even young people -- those not yet old enough to vote -- interested in the political process.

“They know what’s going on and there’s no doubt that that’s energized and awakened them. I hope it hasn’t turned them off," said King. 

King said he hopes people begin to "listen to each other more," saying that feeling unheard is what he believes is leading to much of the anger against opposing sides.

“This division doesn’t end on Tuesday," said King.

Mary Miller, a history teacher at Boothbay Region High School, said discussions in her class have been civil, but lively.

“As teachers, we just try to get back to civil discourse," said Miller. “It is exciting because that’s what ultimately we want our students to do. We want them to be excited about it and we want them to know about it, and this election is certainly making them want to know about it.”

King said he speaks to students about once every two weeks, usually via Skype, but said that the chance to speak to them in person allows him to connect with the students better.

 

 

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