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Carville, Matalin urge political activism

By Dal Cannady - bio | email 

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) – Political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin spoke at Georgia Southern University on Wednesday night about the changing political climate.

When Matalin and Carville came to the stage, they promised that they wouldn't need a referee.

They have anchored opposite sides of American politics for two decades. Matalin, who served in two Republican presidencies, said politics has become less and less civil.

"Not long ago, we would think the other side was wrong on a position. Now, each side treats the other like they're wrong and evil," Matalin said.

Carville, who helped guide Bill Clinton to the presidency, in part blames the explosion of information outlets.

"There are hundreds of websites, you can pick what you want pick what you think and so people are never challenged, they're always vindicated," he said. 

Carville said Twitter and Facebook aren't as life changing as young people might think.

Both said tough times like these are the perfect time for average people to get involved in politics to make things better, regardless of their political persuasion.

"My mom said don't talk about money, sex, religion or politics. I said well three out of four we agree on," Matalin said.

One cause both of them can agree on, bringing their home New Orleans back to its glory before the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina. They're hosting the committee to bring the Super Bowl back to the Crescent City for the first time since the storm.

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