This may mark the first time in 80 years that no veterans are on either party’s presidential ticket, but military vets are running for Congress—and, the Associated Press reports, women are among them.
“We’re breaking barriers, and there’s more that needs to come,” former Army National Guard captain Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat running for an Illinois House seat, tells the network. “Women who have worn the uniform [and who serve] in Congress will help nudge things along.”
Other female vets facing House elections include Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii who served as a specialist with the 29th Brigade of the Army National Guard, and Martha McSally, who CNN says is “the first women to fly a fighter aircraft in combat and the first to command a fighter squadron.” McSally is favored to be the Republican nominee in a face-off for the seat vacated by Arizona’s Gabrielle Giffords.
“When people talk about invading Iran, I’m going to make sure we have real discussions about the cost of war and whether this is in the very best interest of the country,” Duckworth tells CNN. “I dare them to question my patriotism, and I think Tulsi will have that same capacity, having served in Iraq.”
Question her patriotism? We don’t think they’d dare.
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