|Intro||Republican strategist and political commentator|
|Is||Pundit Political commentator|
|From||United States of America Nicaragua|
|Birth||28 December 1971, Chinandega, Chinandega Department, Nicaragua|
|Residence||Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA|
Ana Violeta Navarro-Cárdenas (née Navarro Flores; born December 28, 1971) is an American Republican strategist and political commentator for various news outlets, including CNN, CNN en Español, ABC News, Telemundo, and The View.
Early life and education
Navarro was born in 1971 in Nicaragua, the daughter of Violeta Flores Lopez and José Augusto Navarro Flores. She and her family moved to the United States in 1980, because of political turmoil, though her father stayed behind, having joined the Contras who were fighting the Sandinista revolutionaries. She later said that Ronald Reagan's support of the Contras made her a lifelong Republican. She attended the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, a private Catholic college preparatory day school for girls in Coconut Grove, Miami. Navarro earned a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and Political Science in 1993 from the University of Miami. In 1997, she earned her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law.
During her first year in university, Navarro raised funds for the Contras.
Navarro has served in a number of Republican administrations, including the transition team for Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 1998. She also served as his Director of Immigration Policy. She also served as the National Co-Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Council for John McCain in 2008 and Jon Huntsman Jr. in 2012.
In February 2014, she became a political commentator for ABC News. In addition, she is also a political commentator on CNN and CNN en Español. Navarro became a contributor on the ABC daytime talk show The View from 2015 to 2016. She joined the series as a weekly guest co-host in 2018. She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host in 2020.
In February 2013, Navarro publicly supported the legalization of same-sex marriage in an amicus curiae brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. She supported Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential campaign. In October 2016, she made headlines when she strongly criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on CNN after the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recording surfaced, and called for party leaders to disown Trump. She also harshly criticized Trump's comments about immigrants, labeling him a racist. Navarro has been labeled a "Never Trump-er."
On November 7, 2016, she revealed that she voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, stating that she decided to do so after seeing how close the race in Florida had become. She was a vocal opponent to the 2017 election of Roy Moore to the Senate, due to allegations of sexual assault and molestation. In the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election Navarro voted for Democrat Andrew Gillum over Republican Ron DeSantis because of DeSantis' ties to Trump.
Navarro resides in Miami. She married former Florida Republican Party and American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas in Miami, Florida on March 2, 2019.