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Speaking in Iowa on Sunday night, Perry said “one of the reasons, one of the powerful reasons, that I’m running for the presidency of the United States is to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of this country respects highly the president of the United States.”
Perry, a veteran, thinks he can play that card against non-veteran Obama.
Two-term President George W. Bush avoided combat service in Vietnam by hiding out in the Texas Air National Guard and then failed to even complete that non-combat service so Democrats thought it would be easy for Vietnam veteran John Kerry to play the vets card all the way to the White House in 2004.
Didn’t work. Kerry lost.
Perry, an Air Force pilot, flew cargo planes in the U.S. Europe and the Middle East from 1972 – 77. He did not fly combat mission in Vietnam.
“Flying cargo planes doesn’t make you an action hero and being an action hero doesn’t make you ready to be president,” writes Elspeth Reeve in The Atlantic.
And how does Perry describe his actual military service?
“There was no telling what you were going to haul around on any given day, from high value cargo like human beings to the colonel’s kitty litter,” he told Sarah Kleiner of the Abilene (Tex) Reporter News.
Wonder how the vets that Perry claims don’t respect Obama will respect a presidential candidate who refers to soldiers as “cargo?”