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  1. I’m not sure what I want to do — business, law, something else.
  2. Racism plagued America throughout the ’60s, into the ’70s, through the ’80s; it continued in the ’90s and in the first decade of the new millennium; and it persists today.
  3. Studying my grandfather’s life and legacy has shown me what it takes to be a good public servant. Curiosity. Compassion for others. Humility. Determination to stand tall for your beliefs in the face of opposition. No one believed these things more than my grandfather.
  4. The Confederacy was formed for the purpose of seceding from the Union because those states could not part with their rights to own slaves.
  5. I love making jokes on the Internet.
  6. I love that America represents a beacon of hope and opportunity in a world of uncertainty.
  7. Kennedy believed in religious liberty and the separation of church and state. He did not believe in the right of elected officials to impose their religious views on others. He was the first Catholic ever elected president, and he spent much of the 1960 campaign defending his religion and assuring voters he would not take orders from the Vatican.
  8. Throughout history, groups of Americans have attacked immigrants who fled danger and destruction at home and arrived in America hoping for the opportunities those of us born here are lucky enough to enjoy.
  9. We must not become perpetually distracted from the great challenges facing our country and the world.
  10. I’m inspired by my family’s legacy of public service. It’s something that I’m very proud of.
  11. Harvard Law School is great. I’m lucky to be here. It’s a really difficult, intense experience.
  12. The Profile in Courage Award recognizes elected officials who choose to do what is right, not what is easy, so that we might learn from their example. Each time we give the award, we bear witness to the past for the sake of the future.
  13. Politics definitely interests me.
  14. I always wanted a brother.
  15. While Democrats may never adopt the policies of Ronald Reagan, they should follow his golden rule of politics closely. Reagan adamantly instructed his party members to never publicly criticize another Republican.
  16. Joe Lieberman is my least favorite politician of all time, excluding President Franklin Pierce (he just annoys me — not sure why).
  17. I do love a good salad, so Sweetgreen has been great. But my favorite Cambridge restaurant overall is Darwin’s — that’s the greatest restaurant of all time.
  18. Voters in 1960 elected the first Catholic president. In 2012, I voted to reelect the first African American president. Each was a vote for a man of principle and character, for a man who had proved himself capable and courageous and who would lead our country with a combination of dignity, compassion and toughness along a path of progress.
  19. Our democracy works because the parties air and debate their differences in public.
  20. Electing the first African-American president was a tremendous accomplishment, but it hasn’t erased racism.



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