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Congress, Veterans, Rahm Emanuel…

April 30th, 2010

Can these folks ask the right questions?

Brian O’Connell at The American Spectator has an interesting interview with Ohio Republican Steve Stivers, a congressional candidate in the 15th District. While Bellum is nonpartisan and takes no position on the race itself, Stivers did make a provocative comment:

A Bronze Star recipient and Iraq War veteran, Stivers praised the president’s decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan, but expressed concern over the new nuclear policy…He also pointed out that the number of military veterans serving in Congress is at an all-time low. “I’m not sure we have enough people in the Congress with military experience who know what questions to ask,” Stivers told TAS.

O’Connell brings in a piece by John Fund at the Wall Street Journal for additional context:

The idea of specifically recruiting military veterans to run for marginal House seats was part of Rahm Emanuel’s master plan when he ran the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006. The strategy helped Democrats win back the House. Now Republicans are taking a page from the Book of Rahm and mounting their own effort to run veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars.

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