Luis Laracuente, a 25-year-old activist, based in Tampa, Florida, recently formed a political action committee in order to do what Washington seems to have failed to accomplish; seek more consensus over acrimony and to better serve the interests of Americans who elected them. In this interview, Rodrick “The Tampanian” Colbert asks Luis to detail why he is so passionate about creating a greater atmosphere of bipartisanship among our political leaders.
Colbert: Can you introduce yourself and this new political project you are promoting?
Laracuente: My name is Luis Raul Laracuente. I have been active in Puerto Rico and Florida politics for many years and during last election cycle, an idea started to form inside my head. How could we promote bipartisanship or “collaboration” among politicians? This is where United For America, Inc. started to take shape. United For America, Inc. is an organization dedicated to educating the public and politicians about the importance of bipartisanship
Colbert: How it is organized? Can you accept unlimited campaign contributions?
Laracuente: United For America, Inc. is a non-profit organization registered with the Florida Department of State. No. There is a limit of $5,000 per person per year.
Colbert: What do you hope to accomplish?
Laracuente: We (United For America, Inc.) want to change the political atmosphere within politics. Our mission and purpose is to let our politicians know that the only way that our nation will prosper is by both sides working together, listening to one another and reaching a middle ground where everyone benefits. For example, our national budget debates, we have both major parties expressing two completely different ideas and no one wants to start a dialogue. “They want it their way, or no-way.” This is where we would step in and attempt to create solutions and agreements by working together with all sides.
Colbert: It is local or regional? Do you envision this as a national PAC?
Laracuente: For now, it is a local organization. We eventually do project our message will grow into a national discussion, reaching the halls of our Capitol.
Colbert: Will you endorse candidates? Run candidates?
Laracuente: We will support candidates who express an interest in bipartisanship and who understand the true calling of politics, which is to bring prosperity to one’s constituents. However, we cannot directly contribute to any political campaign.
Colbert: Is it realistic that people in different political parties will find middle ground?
Laracuente: Yes! They have been doing it for years and the fact is that in order to turn our country and our economy around, there is no other better way than to find that middle ground where both sides can benefit and agree on.
Colbert: What specific issues will you all tackle first?
Laracuente: We will start with the main issues at the moment, i.e., economy, foreign relations, healthcare, welfare.
Colbert: Do you feel that your political movement is related to consensus politics like term limits for congress and or even just raising awareness of political participation like the League of Women Voters?
Laracuente: If there is great support for an issue, we will do our best to fundraise and lobby support for this cause so that we can reach a middle ground and until eventually a solution is found.
Colbert: How can people get involved or donate?
Laracuente: Our website is: Middlegrounders.org
Our facebook page is: www.facebook.com/middlegrounders
Our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/middlegrounders
Email: [email protected]