(CNSNews.com) – At a press conference in the wake of Rep. Mike Scalise’s shooting, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) said Wednesday that the nation’s leadership can set an example for the rest of the nation to follow as far as civility.
“It shouldn’t take an incident like this to bring us together. I know in times of tragedy, Americans do that, but Joe and I have been reflecting lately just on how we can still maintain our principles and our legislative agendas, but we could do it in a more civil way,” Doyle said, referring to Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the Republican baseball manager.
“And when the leadership of this country is civil towards one another, maybe the public will start being civil towards one another too, and the news media will be civil towards members of Congress and the public, and we can change the mood in this country so that people don’t get filed up with this kind of hatred,” said Doyle, the Democrat baseball manager.
Doyle said he invited the Republicans to have dinner with the Democrats on Wednesday night.
“But tonight, we want to be together. I just suggested to Joe that we would like to host the entire Republican team down at the Democratic Club. Probably most of them have never stepped foot in that building, but we want to have them to dinner. We’re gonna have both teams together and just have a time to be with each other, reflect upon this day, and to share some food and drink and get to know each other a little bit better,” Doyle said.
The charity baseball game that Scalise and other congressmen were practicing for will still be played on Thursday at National Stadium.
“I checked both with the speaker’s office, and I checked with the chief of the Capitol Hill police, and they both assured us that – parts of my staff has checked with the national security personnel department – and it’s going to be a very secure facility. It’s designed to be secured, and we’ve all been assured that it will be a very safe facility tomorrow evening,” Barton said.