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McCain Institute launches new initiative since passing of Sen. John McCain

Posted at 6:27 AM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 09:34:46-04

The McCain Institute of International Leadership is launching a its first initiative since the passing of Senator John McCain, that calls for all "Mavericks" to take a stand.

"Mavericks Needed" is a nonpartisan campaign that is aimed to inspire and educate Americans about the importance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, according to the Institute.

In March 2018, the McCain Institute began a research project to understand the public's opinion on human rights. In the study, researchers found a lack of common understanding for these issues which helped spur the new initiative.

“Now more than ever, America needs a new generation of Mavericks to stand up, speak out, serve causes greater than themselves, get in the area and vote on November 6th,” said Cindy McCain, who was elected Chair of the McCain Institute last week. “The ideals that John spent his life fighting for weren't just his, they are American values -- and it's time to fight for them again. I am proud of the McCain Institute for continuing John’s work with the Mavericks Needed initiative.”

Mavericks Needed is the first phase of what will be a broader initiative running at least two years – through 2020.

A news conference is expected to take place Tuesday, October 23rd to announce the news.

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