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December 28, 2005

Fighting Dems

Number of war veterans running for Congress as Republicans: 2.

Number of war veterans running as Democrats: 35.
More than 30 Iraq and Persian Gulf War veterans have entered congressional races across the country as Democrats, hoping to capitalize on their military experience to topple the incumbent Republican majority.

[...]

The veterans voted on a name for their emerging caucuslike campaign coalition: Veterans for a Secure America. They also agreed that their military backgrounds should be promoted as credentials for leadership across the full spectrum of public policy, said Fawcett, an Air Force veteran of the 1991 Gulf War who has taught at the Air Force Academy and now works as a consultant to Northern Command in Colorado Springs.

The group will reconvene in Washington in February to respond to President Bush's State of the Union address in a news conference on the steps of the Capitol, Winter said. An attorney and the former president of the grassroots liberal organizing group Be The Change, Winter spent 10 peacetime years in the Marine Corps and the Navy.
Fawcett said the group is not anti-war but is concerned about what appears to be a lack of a solid plan for the war in Iraq. He said the group's military experience could be crucial in providing better leadership.
Just something you might like to point out to neocons who repeat the tired old meme that liberals are weak on national security. Swift Boaters may have sidelined Kerry's chances but just let them try the same dirty tricks on these 35 who are definitely no John Kerrys when it comes to defending their military service (just ask Ohio's Paul Hackett).

More on the fighting Dems at the Majority Report on Air America and Daily Kos.

Update:

DavidNYC is part of a PAC supporting the Fighting Dems called Band of Brothers.

posted at 5:24 PM by Wonky Muse

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