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McCain Institute Hosts CBS News’ Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan at 2023 Sedona Forum

CBS News’ Margaret Brennan interviewed U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema at the McCain Institute’s 2023 Sedona Forum in Ariz.

SEDONA, Ariz. (May 7, 2023) — At the McCain Institute’s 2023 Sedona Forum, CBS News’ Face the Nation Moderator and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Brennan interviewed U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.). The 40-minute panel, entitled: “Elevating Political Discourse, Finding Lasting Solutions & Renewing American Confidence in Democracy” covered topics ranging from democracy and partisanship to the debt ceiling and immigration. Senator John McCain was the record holder for guest appearances on Face the Nation, joining the show more than 100 times for his signature “straight talk.” CBS News served as the broadcast media partner for the McCain Institute’s 10th annual Sedona Forum.

“It’s so great to be at a forum that celebrates so much of what Senator McCain stood for, which is straight talk,” said CBS News’ Face the Nation Moderator and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Brennan. “We do that on Face the Nation every Sunday and we looked at the records, and in the 69 year history, John McCain had the top number of appearances on the broadcast 112 times.”

“The last floor speech that Senator McCain gave, he talked about the concern he had with the ‘partisanship at every cost mentality’ that had taken over Congress and much of our political system…” said U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.). “In his decades of service, as you mentioned, he was a man of strong opinions, often voted with his party but was unafraid to stand alone and break with his party when he thought he was doing something right. But he always did it with dignity and honor and respect of others.”

Click HERE or the image below to view the full panel from the Sedona Forum.

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Click HERE or the image below to view the CBS News segment.

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Key speakers at the 2023 Sedona Forum included U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Governor Katie Hobbs, SpaceX President & COO Gwynne Shotwell, and more. View the full list of speakers HERE.

Established by Senator John McCain, the Sedona Forum is held each spring to advance the mission of the McCain Institute – fighting for democracy, human dignity, and security. As the McCain Institute’s signature annual event, the forum provides a unique opportunity for the United States and world leaders to have informal, face-to-face discussions about real solutions to the problems facing our world today. This year’s theme, “Indispensable Power,” examined the diplomatic, military, and economic means employed to protect democracy, human rights, and the global competitive edge. Panels featured lawmakers, journalists, military leaders, business executives, and more. To learn more, visit

About the McCain Institute at Arizona State University
The McCain Institute is a nonpartisan organization inspired by Senator John McCain and his family’s dedication to public service. We are part of Arizona State University and based in Washington, D.C. Our programs advance democracy and human rights, empower character-driven leaders, combat human trafficking, and prevent targeted violence. Our unique power to convene leaders across the global political spectrum enables us to make a real impact on the world’s most pressing challenges. Our goal is action, not talk, and like Senator McCain, we are fighting to create a free, safe, and just world for all.

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

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