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Politicians are calling for civility in wake of cutthroat midterm elections

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There were a lot of calls for civility last night.

That was repeated by the President today, but after weeks of negative political ads, some think the unity talk is just a political strategy.

Several local candidates also called for civility -- most notably Indiana's Senator-elect Mike Braun, who last night said both sides have sunk too low.

However, Braun and others ran several negative ads against their opponents.

Political experts don't expect that to end anytime soon.

They're a staple of election season: ads attacking their political opponents, but last night, the tone took a sharp turn.

"It’s gotten way too nasty on both sides,” said Braun.

"I’ll work to find common ground,” said Walorski.

Even President Trump changed up his rhetoric talking about working with Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

"Hopefully we can all work together next year to continue delivering for the American people,” said the President.

But with the political climate we live in today, how long will it last?

“It’s much easier to call for civility and kindness and unity the day after an election then in the heat of election season,” said Elizabeth Bennion.

Elizabeth Bennion is a political science professor at I.U. South Bend.

She has little confidence that politicians will walk the walk.

“2020 isn’t that far away, so I expect that we will see the negativity ramp right back up again, certainly within the next year or so,” said Bennion.

In the latest polls, Congress approval ratings have hovered in the high teens.

Now that control of Congress is divided, Bennion says the civility calls could just be a political strategy.

“If they’re going to get any work done, both parties have an incentive to call for unity so that they can actually not engage solely in blame-game politics,” said Bennion, “which ultimately is not good for the country and can backfire.”

Bennion says the negative ads are here to stay, and you could be seeing them sooner than you'd like.

After all, President Trump announced his candidacy nearly a year and a half before the 2016 election.

For the 2020 election, that would be this June.

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