The Common Good

Land, Wallis agree: Election could get ugly

Date: April 13, 2012

Richard Land and Jim Wallis don't see eye to eye on a variety of issues, but they do agree on the potential nature of this year's election campaign:

It could get really ugly.

Richard Land says he fears the discourse in this year's presidential election could be the ugliest in more than 200 years. He made the comments during an April 10 discussion at Q 2012, an annual conference.

Land said he is "very fearful that this election will go down as the ugliest and most vicious election since 1800, which is normally considered the worst we've ever had" -- a reference to Thomas Jefferson's victory over John Adams in the early years of the United States.

Wallis said he is "more depressed by our political discourse in this country right now than I have ever been -- on both sides."

"I'm afraid I agree that the election could be the ugliest in years," he said.

Land and Wallis expressed their concerns during an April 10 discussion at Q 2012, an annual conference that brings together Christians to focus on cultural renewal and was held this year in Washington.