Skip to comments.Buttigieg says Oval Office needs wartime veteran
Posted on 01/18/2020 7:17:35 PM PST by conservative98
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Saturday the Oval Office requires a wartime veteran, a niche he occupies exclusively among top-tier candidates in his partys race for the 2020 nomination.
During an interview on Iowa PBS in suburban Des Moines, Buttigieg was asked if theres value in a president who had faced hostile fire.
Buttigieg, a Naval intelligence officer in Afghanistan in 2014, noted he had been present for rocket attacks while stationed at Bagram Airfield, and later faced potential danger as an armed driver in Kabul. Another presidential candidate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, served in Iraq, but is running far behind the front-running candidates.
This is very real for me, Buttigieg told interviewer David Yepsen. And I do believe there is value in someone in the Oval Office understanding whats at stake, understanding at a personal level whats at stake, when decisions are made that could send people into a conflict.
Buttigieg often sites his seven months deployed to Afghanistan, though has seldom said as directly the next president should be a wartime veteran. The 37-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is the only military veteran in the top tier of the field of Democrats running for president. He would be the only president to have served in the military since George W. Bush.
That perspective is needed especially when weve got a president who thinks that strength is the same as the chest-thumping of the loudmouth guy at the end of the bar, Buttigieg said.
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You’re right Bootygag, we DO need a wartime veteran as POTUS...Just not a REMF like you, Ass-Eyes...
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