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Tucson mayor touts his 'civility accord' as antidote for partisan vitriol

Tucson, Ariz., Mayor Robert Walkup forwards his 'civility accord' at an annual meeting of 230 mayors, saying 'civility must begin with us.'

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Tucson Mayor Robert Walkup is pictured here on Dec. 13 with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot on Jan. 8. Walkup introduced a 'civility accord' at a mayors' meeting Wednesday.

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More than 230 mayors met in Washington Wednesday with the intention of signing a "civility accord" conceived by Tucson, Ariz., mayor Robert Walkup after the mass shooting in his city Jan. 8.

The shooting touched off a debate about political civility, and Mayor Walkup sought to have mayors take the lead. The accord, to be signed at mayors' annual legislative conference in Washington calls on mayors to “strive to understand differing perspectives” and to “choose words carefully,” among other things.

After the shooting, US Sen. Mark Udall (D) of Colorado proposed having Democrats and Republicans sit together during President Obama’s State of the Union address. And Americans overwhelmingly describe the tone of political discourse as negative, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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