Sheryl Crow thinks that the 2016 campaign has taken up way too much time.
Crow currently has a petition on change.org — as of midday Monday, it had 32,000 signatures — for the Republican and Democratic National Committees to investigate ways to shorten and “make our election cycle more humane and something that we can all be proud of.”
“No one benefits from two years of this. … It certainly hasn’t been informative,” the singer told USA TODAY Monday. “I would like to see a shorter campaign that’s more efficient, that focuses on the issues, that becomes less motivated by the ratings."
The goal of the petition is to convince the party committees to at least investigate ways to shorten the process.
“We’ve not learned much more in two years than we could have learned in six months to a year,” Crow said.
Crow acknowledges that a shorter campaign won’t change who the candidates are or stop them from hurling insults.
“I don’t think that there is a petition that could be formulated that would dictate the quality of the candidate,” Crow said. But she believes a shorter campaign would make voters “more apt to want to focus on the issues and know what the candidate is about, as opposed to the sort of entertainment value and the ratings that have gone along with this campaign.”
Crow has not publicly announced who she is supporting for president.