BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Former U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Al Simpson made a case for political civility as the two discussed national topics at a public forum.

Montana Democrat Baucus and Wyoming Republican Simpson called for more respect and understanding during the Monday event hosted by Montana State University Billings and Yellowstone Public Radio.

The senators contrasted the current climate in the Senate with how things were done in their day, citing their ongoing friendship. The senators say political disagreement does not have to lead to animosity.

Simpson says he and Baucus didn't always agree, but they respected and trusted each other.

Baucus says the example of listening and working together can be set at the state level.

Both senators were elected in 1978. Simpson served until 1996, and Baucus served until 2014.

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