According to UVA’s Larry Sabato, quoted in the Save Darfur Coalition’s press release, it’s the most significant joint statement by rival presidential candidates since advisors to FDR and Dewey pronounced the shared resolve of their bosses to defeat the Axis powers in 1944.
The statement is here. Of course, Darfur has generated tough talk all across the political spectrum, though only a few officials have actually committed substantial political capital to make things happen. Hopefully the candidates will offer specifics, pay peacekeeping dues to the UN, and urge others to commit the necessary personnel and equipment to make UNAMID 100% operational. Nonetheless, it’s always nice to see some unity — even if it’s only in rhetoric — on an important issue in the midst of a divisive election season.
— Scott Paul