Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark

Age

25

School

George Washington University (B.A. and M.A.)

Occupation

Digital Press Secretary, National Republican Congressional Committee

Twitter

@andrewhclark

BIO

Andrew Clark currently works with the team at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as digital press secretary, directing the committee’s outreach to online conservatives and bridging the gap between communications and digital strategy. Before joining the NRCC, Clark worked as deputy digital rapid response director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and as a digital strategist for Gabriel Gomez’s 2013 campaign for the Senate.

 

 

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or another capacity?

There are a lot of conservative young people out there, all over the country. Particularly on college campuses — but also in general social activities — showing your “c” label can be somewhat of a faux pas. Many people get a false impression of what conservatism is from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Getting involved in a public way — whether you’re launching a blog, organizing in your community, or just talking to friends — is critical to removing the stigma that many in our generation feel conservatism has.

 

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

Ronald Reagan took conservatism and successfully turned its principles into solutions for many of the critical problems facing the country in the 1970s and 1980s. But to Millennials today, the Reagan presidency is the past. If we want a conservative message that resonates with Millennials, we have to find ways to clearly communicate how conservative principles can solve our 21st-century problems. Online innovation and digital strategy can help bridge that gap.

 

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

Ideally, in ten years the conservative movement will be wrapping up the second term of a conservative president, and we will be able to embrace a reform-oriented, solutions-based record of governance. Hopefully the movement will be flowing with a new surge of energy from Millennials and other young people who believe in the movement’s conservative principles. Communicating a 21-st century message, and using digital tools to fully energize that message, will be the key.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

Polititainment

Amy Schumer pushes for gun control
Sen. Chuck Schumer is using his famous family tree to try and make the argument for stricter gun control laws in the wake of several mass shootings this summer. Schumer called his distant cousin, actress and comedian Amy Schumer, who also happens to have another connection to this push. The shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, last month […]
Caitlyn Jenner's unpopular conservatism
Caitlyn Jenner is definitely a controversial figure–but among some liberals, it’s not her gender that’s the problem. It’s her conservative economic views. In a new E! preview for I Am Cait, Jenner clashes with some of her new LGBT activist friends when they try to get her to advocate for social welfare programs for transgender people–and she knocks down […]
Stewart: Trump is every GOP stereotype
Jon Stewart can’t get enough of bashing Donald Trump, but on Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show, he actually made a solid point. In the Republican Party’s assessment of what went wrong in 2008 and 2012, when Democrats and Obama took the White House, they determined that it was because of the negative stereotypes that […]
Stewart downplays private Obama meeting
Jon Stewart insists that his quiet meetings with Obama weren’t that different from how most of his meetings go—with Obama basically saying, “Jon, why are you such an a—hole.” Politico reported earlier this week that Obama has twice called Stewart to the White House for private meetings where the president tried to sell Stewart on his agenda. […]
Tina Fey: Trump is 'great for comedy'
She is best known for her impersonation of Sarah Palin in the 2008 election, but Tina Fey says she’s found a new source of inspiration this time around. His name is Donald Trump, and you might know him from the tastefully placed signs tacked onto the sides of some skyscrapers, which it turns out, are not loved by […]

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2016

Sanders says he can 'absolutely' beat Hillary
What Bernie Sanders is lacking in the polls, he sure is making up for it in confidence. In an interview with  Jorge Ramos, the Univision host asked Sanders if he still thought that Hillary Clinton was “not inevitable,” if he could beat her for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination. The Vermont senator responded, “Oh, absolutely. No […]
Hillary is now charging $2K for a photo with her
Apparently the “champion of everyday Americans” isn’t interested in actually filling her campaign events with everyday Americans. I'm running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. –H https://t.co/w8Hoe1pbtC— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 12, 2015 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is charging supporters $2,700 — $350 more than the average person’s monthly wages […]
Chris Christie, the man without a immigration plan
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday that he has no plan for how to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. should he become president. When asked if he would grant legal status, the forerunner for amnesty, to the millions of undocumented aliens, Christie […]
Carson criticizes #BlackLivesMatter protesters
Ben Carson thinks the #BlackLivesMatter protesters who booed Martin O’Malley for saying “all lives matter” are an example of “political correctness going amok.” “That’s what I’m talking about is silly,” Carson told NBC’s Meet the Press. “Of course all lives matter, and of course we should be very concerned about what’s going on, particularly in […]
Donald Trump: 'Who knows what I'll do'
Get excited for this week’s Fox News debate–even The Donald admits he has no idea what’s going to come flying out of his mouth. During an interview with Fox News’ Cashin’ In on Saturday, Trump said he had never been in a formal debate before and wasn’t sure how it would go. “Maybe I’ll be good, […]

Policy

Charles Koch wants greater economic growth
Despite lackluster growth for the American economy, Charles Koch believes annual growth rates of 4 percent are possible. Speaking to a group of donors at a California meeting, Koch specified that he viewed growth rates as different than GDP. “I think we can have growth rates in excess of 4 percent. When I’m talking about […]
Ahead of debate, Jeb Bush shares immigration plan
With just days to go before the first debate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is looking to clarify his position on immigration and border security. The presidential candidate posted his plans for securing our national border Monday morning on Medium and sought to show that he’s not in favor of a blanket amnesty and that illegal […]
Signs of division in the GOP on ObamaCare repeal
THE HILL — Senate Republican leaders this week narrowly averted an intra-party battle over ObamaCare by again promising to get a repeal bill to the president’s desk through budget reconciliation. But the use of reconciliation — a budget tool that allows bills to bypass the Senate’s 60-vote threshold — is still a matter of debate among […]
Gun control activists protest gun emoji
If anyone needed proof that the gun control movement is anti-freedom — now they’re coming for your emoji.  New Yorkers Against Gun Violence’s (NYAGV) latest campaign, #DisarmTheiPhone, demands that Apple remove the gun emoji from all phones. “There is a gun we all carry,” a campaign video states. “That we can all give up.” NYAGV then calls […]
Norton: D.C. is 'proud' to be a sanctuary city
Politicians in the nation’s capital are very “proud” that the city ignores federal laws. So said Washington D.C.’s delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton to a group of protestors on Thursday, according The Daily Caller. “We are proud to stand with our immigrants, documented and undocumented alike. Donald Trump has worked up Republicans around the nation […]