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Courage in American Leadership: A Conversation with Congresswoman Liz Cheney

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney
R-WY At-Large District

Sofia Gross
John S. McCain Democracy Fellow, McCain Institute

Congresswoman Liz Cheney and McCain Institute John S. McCain Democracy Fellow Sofia Gross discussed how voting and civic engagement are the obligations of every American. This event was hosted by the McCain Institute at Arizona State University and is part of the Knight Foundation-funded Defending American Democracy Series: Dialogues on the Future of U.S. Democracy.

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Quotes From the Conversation

“You – our young leaders of tomorrow – are the ones we are fighting for, but it is also up to you to create the America you want through your service.”
-Evelyn Farkis, Executive Director, McCain Institute

“My hope is that in sharing your story, your values and your principles that more young Americans in this room understand that no matter who they are, they must be involved with public life in order to help shape the trajectory of our country.”
-Sofia Gross, John S. McCain Democracy Fellow

“We all have a role to play and often that role takes courage — I hope we all walk away from our conversation this evening with that deep understanding and inspiration to do more in public life.”
-Sofia Gross, John S. McCain Democracy Fellow

“I’ve seen firsthand how fragile democracy is and the sacrifices people are willing to make for it around the world.”
-Congresswoman Liz Cheney

“I’m so proud of what women have accomplished around the country. I want more women to run for public office. We need you to jump in and run for office. It is crucially important.”
-Congresswoman Liz Cheney

“Being a patriot means loving our country more. We can say we are Democrat and Republican, but we love our country more. You put your love of country above politics and your political career. Patriotism in America is also an allegiance to human freedom and human rights. This is something Senator McCain really stood for, and it gives us an obligation to protect freedom around the world.”
-Congresswoman Liz Cheney

“The country is at the edge of an abyss and if we don’t decide to pull back by holding our elected official accountable, then we are going to go over that edge.”
-Congresswoman Liz Cheney

“We need people who care, are responsible and are competent to run for office. This is going to be a battle, but those fighting to unravel our democracy need to know those fighting to maintain our democracy are stronger, more dedicated and more determined than they are.”
-Congresswoman Liz Cheney

“If you care about democracy, and you care about the survival of our republic, you need to understand that we cannot give people power who have told us that they will not honor elections.”
-Congresswoman Liz Cheney

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