Country First Conversations

By Adam Kinzinger

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger invites leaders committed to putting our Country before Party to have candid discussions about how to restore truth, courage, hope, and optimism to American politics.

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Who We Are: The evolution of Country First with Adam Kinzinger
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Congressman Adam Kinzinger provides an update on the Country First movement -- where it started, what it's accomplished, and where we're headed. Adam discusses the evolution of the movement, and how its mission has expanded beyond what he originally expected.

Oct 11, 2021
The Dangers of a Politicized Military: A chat with Chaps and Cons from Barstool’s Zero Blog Thirty (ZBT)
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This week, Adam is joined by the hosts of Zero Blog Thirty, “Uncle” Chaps and Captain Cons, to discuss how important it is not to politicize our Armed Forces, and the lessons civil society can learn from the military for living, working, and caring for those who think differently from us.

Sep 28, 2021
Heroism on 9/11: A chat with Heather Penney
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This week, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our country, we sit down with Heather Penney, who shares her story from that tragic day and advice on how to be an "every-day hero."

Sep 09, 2021
Serving With Honor: A chat with Rye Barcott
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Note: This podcast was recorded on August 3, 2021, prior to the fall of the Afghan government.

This week we sit down with Marine veteran Rye Barcott, the founder and CEO of With Honor, a cross-partisan organization aiming to improve American politics by recruiting and helping veterans run for and win seats in Congress who are committed to serving with honor and the courage to put Country before Party.

Aug 30, 2021
Courage to Speak Truth: A chat with Stephen Richer
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This week we sit down with Stephen Richer, the Recorder for Maricopa County in Arizona.  Richer, a Republican, defeated the Democratic incumbent in November 2020, and has been at the forefront of investigations into allegations of election fraud made by Trump.  He has refused to cave to pressure to spread the Big Lie, and has been an all-too-rare example of courage in politics.

Jul 16, 2021
Destruction through Disinformation: A chat with Chris Krebs
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This week we sit down with Chris Krebs, former Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the senior Trump Administration official responsible for securing the 2020 election. In November 2020, then-President Trump fired Krebs via Twitter due to his commitment to debunking election-related disinformation, much of which was being promoted by Trump and his allies.

Jul 10, 2021
Trumpism & Divisiveness: A chat with Tom Rooney
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This week we sit down with Tom Rooney, former Congressman from Florida, to discuss the rise of Trumpism, outrage culture, and a path toward sanity in our politics.

Jun 25, 2021
Changes in the Grand Old Party: A chat with Barbara Comstock
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This week we sit down with Barbara Comstock, former Congresswoman from Virginia, to discuss recent events within the GOP and what impact they’ll have in 2022 and beyond; how doubling down on Trump and the events of 1/6 will impact the party's ability to reach reasonable voters of goodwill and engage with them on the issues that matter most to families across the country.

Jun 16, 2021
Faith Over Fear: A chat with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
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This week's episode features a conversation with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represents southwest Washington state and is a strong advocate for maternal health. She shares a powerful experience of faith overcoming fear in her own life.

Jun 05, 2021
Conspiracy Theories & Misinformation: A Chat with Denver Riggleman
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This week's episode features a conversation with Denver Riggleman, a veteran, intelligence expert, whiskey distiller, and former member of Congress from Virginia, on the dangers of conspiracy theories, QAnon and disinformation to our republic, and how to confront them.

May 14, 2021
Fulfilling Freedom: A chat with Michael Wood
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Michael Wood, marine combat veteran and US Congressional candidate for the 6th District of Texas, joined us for an in depth conversation on what it's like to own a small business in middle America, honor in politics during his campaign, and what the future of the modern GOP looks like.

Apr 22, 2021
Money In Politics: A chat with Michael Steele
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This week's episode features a conversation with Michael Steele, the former RNC Chair and Lt. Gov. of Maryland, on the role of money in today's political landscape, the impact of public campaign financing, and how to fix it going forward.

Apr 18, 2021
An Objective Press: A chat wth S.E. Cupp
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Columnist and TV host S.E. Cupp of CNN and the New York Daily News joins Adam this week to discuss the media landscape, the rise of opinion journalism, and the impact of both on the political landscape and national discourse.

Apr 01, 2021
The Hard Truth: A chat with Mayor David Holt
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This week's episode features Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, who penned an Op-Ed two days before the insurrection that Adam Kinzinger found particularly inspiring.  The topic: It's always best to tell constituents the truth, even if it's not what they want to hear, because the short term pain is better than the long term pain caused by helping them to believe a lie (e.g. January 6th).

Mar 26, 2021
Moving Forward: A chat with Peter Wehner
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Peter Wehner joins Adam for a conversation about the Republican Party moving forward and transitioning leadership. Peter has served in senior roles in the last three Republican administrations, and is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and an opinion writer for the New York Times.

Mar 13, 2021
Fear is America's Enemy: A chat with Jamie Winship
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Jamie Winship joins Adam for a conversation about the dangers of fear and the key to overcoming it in our politics and society. Jamie is an expert on the topic after a distinguished career in law enforcement and international conflict resolution, and brings a hopeful perspective to the issues facing our country.

Mar 06, 2021
Truth & Courage: A Chat with Rep. Peter Meijer (MI)
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Rep. Peter Meijer joins Adam for a conversation about restoring truth and courage in politics. As fellow veterans, they discuss their unique perspective and the reaction to them being among the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump.

Feb 26, 2021