Republican Sen. Mitt Romney spoke about national issues and the state of political discourse on Monday as part of a series on democracy at Florida State University’s Institute of Politics.

“It’s critically important that opinion leaders from around the country gather in institutes, such as the Institute of Politics that you’ve created, to discuss the issues of the day, and decide how we’re going to deal with them.”

The talk was part of the institute’s Strengthening American Democracy series.

Romney was initially scheduled to speak days after the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Then about 1,500 people had signed up to attend the virtual talk. Romney was injured after slipping on ice and had to postpone until November. About 250 people attended Monday’s virtual talk.

A call for civility in politics was an underlying theme. “The cameras go on, and there are a few people that…

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