Edwards Addresses Partisan Politics at Cameron Forum

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Congressman Chet Edwards' busy Friday in Bryan-College Station ended with a stop at the Bush Library complex.

Edwards (D-District 17) was the speaker at the William Waldo Cameron Forum on Public Affairs Friday night. His speech focused on the factors that have contributed to the partisan atmosphere in Washington.

The congressman discussed how skepticism of the goings-on in Washington was healthy, but that the current cynicism was not. Though Edwards said there was more bipartisanship in Washington than most would realize, it's the one bill out of eight where Republicans and Democrats bicker that ends up making headlines.

Edwards noted the low approval ratings of Congress, and said he believes overly negative campaigns and districts that are now largely one party or another have been contributing factors to partisan politics in Congress.

"I do hope that both presidential nominees from both parties, whoever they will be, will respond to the public outrage over partisanship by making strong commitments to seek common ground," Edwards told the gathering.

"I would suggest that if Former Presidents Bush and Clinton can work together for the good of our country and for causes important to our world, that the United States Congress and future administrations should be willing to do the same," he added.

The Cameron Forum is run through the Bush Library Foundation as part of an endowment from Flora Cameron Crichton as a memorial to her father.

Earlier in the day, Edwards visited with students at a Bryan elementary school and promoted awareness for flu shots as the winter months begin.