But in the more than five years since our case, we have found each other in the middle and have become friends — something that politicians in Washington DC used to do. Our political differences do not change our friendship because we both believe that the other deserves dignity and respect.
One candidate is a rational, principled, empathetic and competent leader. The other is not. One respects the office of the presidency and has genuine concern for the people whom he serves. The other does not. One has a plan to forge a way out of the dark times we face. The other has never offered a national strategy or plan on Covid-19.
While we may not agree with every single component of Joe Biden’s plans, we agree with where he’s headed. There is simply nothing more to Trump’s campaign than a desire to divide us against each other. Biden seeks, more than anything, to bring us together. To get past the challenges we face today, that’s what we’ll need.
And while no person is perfect, we can count on Biden to listen, learn and grow from experience. Imagine how many more of us would be alive today had someone with that kind of humility and bravery — and deference to public health experts — been at the helm when the pandemic began.
In a normal election, we vote based on policies and agendas. We identify candidates that will take the side we agree with on issues we care about. By and large, we choose between two capable, rational people to represent us. This is not that kind of election.
The last four years have left the oppressed more oppressed, both in word and in deed, and our civil discourse has entirely devolved. The cost of this presidency has been the integrity of our nation itself. Are we a nation of the people and justice under law, or are we a nation where those values that we claim as “American” no longer apply?
Each one of us is accountable for our choice on Election Day. Compromising with a man (and an agenda) who is so incredibly flawed makes that choice incredibly flawed.
We encourage our fellow Americans to take the path that leads away from division and darkness and toward a bright new future for our country. A path built by real, substantive, expertly informed plans and a deep desire to bring our nation together again because there is more that brings us together than could possibly divide us. A path forged by a love for one another and compassion for each other.
Together, whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, we ask you to vote for Joe Biden.