Election season should be a hopeful time…a time when candidates offer an optimistic vision for the America that can be. The year 2020 seems to be heading in a different direction.

The McCain Institute wants to remind voters – Republican, Democratic and Independent – of moments when candidates sought to inspire and to bring people together. From now through the conventions, and on to Election Day, we will highlight passages from presidential campaign speeches that are in that spirit.

Our goal is simply to remind Americans and freedom lovers around the world of the promise and possibilities of democracy.