LC: My parents are the most patriotic people I know. They raised my siblings and me to be proud Americans. It is no surprise that my brothers were both Marines and that we all found a way to serve our country. My parents wouldn’t have had it any other way.
L: You and your sister, Rachel Campos Duffy, are both active in promoting your values and ideas to a wider audience. What do you think conservatives should be doing to reach more minorities, particularly young Hispanics? LC: Hispanics are generally very conservative, and Hispanics in this country start small businesses at three times the rate of any other demographic. Those who are recent immigrants know how great this country is because they saw the alternative in their native countries. Hispanics tend to be pro- family, pro-life, and pro-business. We need to figure out a way to reach out to them, because the liberals have used their “community organizing” to get into Hispanic communities and convince them that big government is the key. My sister, Rachel, is national spokesperson for a group called The LIBRE Initiative, which seeks to reach out to Hispanics across the country and explain the big government lie and how it is affecting their ability to open businesses and earn their success.
L: You ran for Congress in Arizona in 2012. Do you have any plans to run for public office down the road? LC: I won’t rule it out, but right now I’m focused on the scary reality that two of my children are in high school—Christian (16) and Isabela (14)—and the other two—Soledad (12) and Xavier (9)—will follow before I know it! I hope they will be future Young America’s Foundation conference attendees! L: What one book would you recommend to a student interested in learning more about conservative ideas? LC: While a student attending a YAF conference in 1990, I received Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot. I found this to be a very important first read in understanding conservative thought and philosophy. L: What is the most interesting place you have visited? LC: This is a tough question, since I’ve traveled so much and have seen so many wonderful places. As a child I lived in Turkey, and we visited Ephesus and the last home where the Virgin Mary lived, and that was truly amazing. I love vibrant cities. Madrid and Buenos Aires stand out to me. My fourth child was born in Buenos Aires, so that city has a special place in my heart.