“This was not a typical political convention.”
The Washington Post
More than 1500 voters from across the country attended the history-making Problem Solver Convention, in which eight presidential candidates – 5 Republican and 3 Democratic candidates – participated. This convention united voters of all party affiliations, and spanned generations, with over 150 college chapter leaders in attendance. Thirty seven states were represented at the event.
In another history-making first, all eight of the presidential candidates concurred that our political system in Washington is broken and must be fixed – an enormous feat in today’s divided political climate.
The day began with remarks from our co-founders, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (R) and former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (D – CT). The event featured bipartisan panels and conversations from members of Congress, state and local officials, and business leaders, as well as presidential candidates Republicans New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former New York Gov. George Pataki, and businessman Donald Trump, and Democrats former Gov. Martin O’Malley, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb.
The number of attendees, coupled with presidential candidate participation and national and international news coverage proves that this campaign without a candidate is not a flash in the pan – it is a political movement with stamina, longevity and one that appeals voters of all political affiliations.
It’s a movement that’s not going anywhere. No Labels will continue to work toward substantive change in D.C. by pressing our candidates to explain exactly how they intend to unify our nation and stop fighting and start fixing.
At No Labels, we think that fixing America isn’t a fantasy. It’s a necessity. And the only way we’re going to do it is by identifying political leaders who are willing to put country before party and work with their fellow legislators to achieve a set of concrete goals that will have real meaning for all Americans. The good news: Those leaders are out there. We call these leaders the No Labels Problem Solvers. And we’re finding more every day.
“I don’t worry about the ability of American people to thrive in the 21st century, that’s not the problem. The problem is a government that can’t function anymore. It’s a government that can’t say yes to anything and it has to stop.”Gov. Jon Huntsman