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.
Trump is doing the country a disservice making things up about the integrity of our elections.
Americans want to be represented by the best candidate, not the one with the richest friends.
I think that it's a good thing that you want to be part of making the world a better place, including between nine and five.
Doing things right in politics is no different than doing things right in life: Tell the truth, be yourself.
I wasn't out there pretending I was a conservative Democrat. I'm somebody who has talked a lot about and has done the act of running as who you are.
Senator Blunt genuinely sees everything through the lens of partisan politics.
I obviously did not volunteer to go to Afghanistan solely to protect the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.
A lot of millennials really want a company that signs their paycheck, or whoever it is that signs their paycheck, to be an entity that reflects to them in a way that is consistent with their personal idea of who they are.
As a former Captain in the Army National Guard, I trained hundreds of soldiers to lead troops into combat.
The sacrifices our warfighters make for us is simply astonishing in modern American society.
Really, Donald Trump's entire message is that people like Sen. Blunt are the problem.
I signed up for military service in the months following 9/11, and later, as a military intelligence officer, I felt called, like so many others, to volunteer for deployment and service in Afghanistan.
If we all work together, then we can save the American Dream from the nightmare that is Donald Trump.
If I had the opportunity to give President Trump any advice, and I had to boil it down to one thing, I suppose it would be that nobody ever got better at any job by blaming everybody else whenever anything goes wrong.
When one donor can account for more than 70 percent of a candidate's money, there's obviously something wrong with the system.
We should be doing everything we can to make it as convenient as possible for eligible Americans to cast a ballot. People fought and died for the right to vote.
We were at a kibbutz, and we were at a Shabbat service, and I opened up the prayer book, and on the first page, it said that the prayer book was in thanks to the sponsorship of this family in a temple in Kansas City. For me, it was a moment when I really kind of connected in a real serious way with my personal identity as a Jew.
The military is a group of people that come together from different perspectives and backgrounds and places and get a job done because they have a mission.
You can protect the integrity of elections without stopping anyone from voting.
The secret to adulthood is that 99% of the time, you actually know the right thing to do. Adults make it hard when they are deciding whether to do the right thing.
I think that one of the things that Democrats, in particular, need to recognize is that the way we have sometimes thought about issues as just affecting a particular group of people is not necessarily right.
I'm proud to be a Democrat, and I feel pretty strongly that the country would be better off with Democrats in charge.
Voters are smart. They know the difference between a Democratic Party that wants their vote and a Democratic Party that believes in making their life better. They'll forgive you for pushing a policy they don't like as long as they believe you're doing it because you genuinely believe it's what's best for the country.
To truly care about this country is to demonstrate that you care about her politics the same when you're winning as when you're losing.
I launched more formal elections investigations than any secretary of state in Missouri history, and we didn't get a single complaint about voter impersonation fraud - not one.
A lot of states that pass voter ID laws have little to no evidence of in-person voter impersonation fraud, which is the only kind of fraud that voter ID laws could guard against.