You've got to tell people how it is that you've come to believe what you do.
To me, leadership has always been about doing what's right. Because when you've had to write your blood type on your boots, you aren't afraid to make the right calls.
What we believe is that health care should be a right in this country; I happen to believe that means that we should be for single-payer.
To me, serving wasn't uncommon, and my service paled in comparison to so many of my friends who had done so much more. In my world - as a citizen soldier - I was surrounded by other soldiers just doing their jobs.
When Democrats concede the idea that some voters are not our voters, we shouldn't be surprised when those voters agree.
I am a person who cares deeply about what is happening in the country, and for me, in most ways since getting out of the service, at least, politics has been the way in which I see myself best serving and trying to make things better.
For far too long, Congress has been focused on the CEOs, the millionaires, the billionaires.
No one seriously believes that cutting the minimum wage is good for workers.
With limited shifts, low wages, and scarce benefits, it feels almost impossible for many Americans to get their slice of the pie.
To improve the standard of living for working folks, we have to raise the minimum wage and empower workers to fight for their interests in an economic and political system that's stacked against them.
I don't judge anybody who chose not to serve during Vietnam, at all. It's a different time, and I don't judge anybody for the decision they made.
Curtailing voting rights by dishonestly inventing widespread fraud has been a major part of the Republican Party's political strategy for a while.
I could work with anybody. This is why we need more veterans in Congress.
Voters aren't asking to be pandered to and aren't asking to be tricked.
I'm a Democrat because I want every American to have a fair shot at the American Dream. That's what ties it all together for me, and in my experience, that means recognizing that no one is dealing with life one 'issue' at a time.
If you're out there saying something that you don't personally believe, then it doesn't really matter if a voter agrees with what you're saying. If they don't believe that you believe it, then they're not going to listen to you anyway.
No matter how many times the court shuts them down or how many Americans speak out to defend their rights, Republican politicians who stand to gain from suppressing voters won't back down. They'll only change their tactics.
Everything I do in my political life is colored by my military service. It was the defining moment in my life and helped me develop the leadership skills that I still utilize.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been an adviser to Trump, although he still very publicly couldn't land a job in the president's Cabinet, despite providing that counsel. And Kobach has a long history of making up facts to help him pass unfair voter suppression laws and push extreme anti-immigrant proposals.
In the state legislature, I supported Second Amendment rights.
If you can get to know a person, and you can really understand them, it can usually help you better understand yourself and why you believe what you believe.