Former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., believes all candidates for elective office should embrace these five principles and communicate to voters their commitment to following them:
1. I affirm that members of the other party love their country and are people of goodwill, and I will avoid portraying them as unpatriotic or disloyal.
2. I believe that members of the opposing party can contribute to good policy. I will explore opportunities to work with them and will attempt to include them in early deliberations on my initiatives. I recognize that bipartisan support from elected officials broadens public acceptance of new laws and policies and improves the chances that they will be successfully implemented.
3. Even as I participate in partisan debates and work on behalf of my party, my first motivation will be a careful reflection on what is good for the country. I will avoid legislative and policy actions that have no purpose other than to score partisan political points.
4. Although I will advance arguments consistent with my own political philosophy, I will study issues in depth with an open mind. I will consider multiple points of view and avoid an exclusive reliance on my party's positions and talking points.
5. I will maintain my civility, even when others around me do not. I will measure my words, to avoid inflammatory rhetoric that often is destructive to the political process and national unity.