The candidates’ joint statement demonstrates that ending genocide in Darfur is above politics.
Not since President Roosevelt and his opponent Thomas Dewey pledged to end World War II in 1944, have presidential candidates shown this kind of solidarity on a foreign policy matter.
“We Stand United on Sudan,” the statement released by Senators Clinton, McCain, and Obama, puts Sudanese President al-Bashir on notice that the next American president will relentlessly pursue peace in Darfur and that Sudan cannot run out the clock on this administration.
Now the candidates must know that we will vote our conscience in November and hold them to their word to ?ght for peace in Darfur.
In the meantime, President Bush must use his term, including the U.S. presidency of the United Nations Security Council in June, to push for full deployment of peacekeepers in Darfur, providing them the helicopters and equipment they need.