Do you remember during the presidential debates last year, when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton reminded us all why we love to hate politics? Recall one question in particular, where candidates were asked to name something positive about their opponent.

Unsurprisingly, neither candidate gave a very good answer. To be fair, it’s not an easy question. Ask a Coca-Cola executive the best thing about Pepsi and see what happens.

But that got me thinking. My opponent and I are both human beings. We are both vying for your vote, and let’s be honest: Mia Love isn’t a bad person. I’m running against her because I disagree with her on the issues–many many issues–not because of her personal character. Politics can get dirty, but as one of my heroes said not too long ago: “When they go low, we go high.”

With that in mind, I wanted to share five things I truly respect about my opponent. I’m going to resist the temptation to backhand my compliments–this is a sincere list. My campaign staff may tell me this is a terrible idea, but I really do believe that politics don’t have to be mean-spirited.

  • Public service
    • I truly respect people who engage in public service. It’s harder than it looks.
  • Her family
    • She has a beautiful family and wonderful children. I haven’t met them personally, but from all accounts they are the type of family we can all respect.
  • Her heritage
    • Mia talks often of her experience as the daughter of Haitian immigrants. I have great respect for immigrants in this country, and for the people who thrive in those often-challenging circumstances.
  • Pioneer in Congress
    • She was the first black female Republican in Congress and first Black American to be elected to Congress from Utah. That’s a huge deal. Being the first in any field is difficult, and these two particular firsts are significant and noteworthy.
  • Her statement on October 8, 2016 about Donald Trump
    • In this statement, she said “For the good of the party, and the country, he should step aside.” Well said.

Now, I don’t plan on voting for her next November. 🙂 But I am dedicated to making this election about the issues, not about the candidates. I need your help to do that.

If you’re with me on the issues, help me send Rep. Love a message that she’s wrong on the issues.