Episode 82 of the Agents of Innovation podcast features an interview with Madison Cawthorn, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. A dark horse in the race, he won the Republican Primary with a sweeping victory in the runoff in June 2020. On August 26, he was given a major platform to speak at the Republican National Convention where he stole the hearts of millions of Americans when he stood up, out of his wheelchair, to proclaim, “You can kneel before God, but stand for our flag.”
Just three days later, Madison Cawthorn sat down with Francisco Gonzalez, host of the Agents of Innovation podcast, for an hour-long conversation over cigars at Casablanca Cigars in his hometown of Hendersonville, North Carolina. We walked through Madison’s personal journey of almost losing his life in a horrific car accident seven years ago, at the age of 18, which left him partially paralyzed. His community rallied around him and led him through his miraculous recovery. He didn’t give up on life and we talked about everything from his decision not to finish college, his love for history and travel, his strong faith foundation, and the decision he made to run for Congress. Should he win in November, at age 25 years old, he’ll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years.
You can listen to the interview on Episode 82 of the Agents of Innovation podcast, on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. You can also follow the podcast on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
You can also watch our series of short clips of the conversation between Madison and Francisco as they talk about a number of subjects while smoking cigars. As Madison said, “This is a great medium to a great conversation.”
Video clip #1 Cigars with Madison Cawthorn
Video clip #2 Madison’s Life-Changing Experience
Video clip #3 The Story Behind the RNC speech
Video clip #4 Actionable Insights: Madison Cawthorn
Video clip #5 Madison Cawthorn: On The Importance of Faith
Video clip #6 Madison Cawthorn’s Love for History
Video clip #7 Entrepreneur Beginnings: Madison Cawthorn
Video clip #8 Innovative Perspectives: Madison Cawthorn
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