Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry served in the Air Force from 1972-77, leaving with the rank of captain. And he says that makes him a much more appealing candidate to veterans than President Barack Obama, who never served in the military, The Wall Street Journal reports
“I think people who have had the same experiences connect with people who have had the same experiences. That’s human nature,” he said while campaigning in Iowa, the Journal reported.
“If you polled the military, the active duty and veterans, and said ‘would you rather have a president of the United States that never served a day in the military or someone who is a veteran?’ They’re going to say that they would like to have a veteran.”
Perry later commented specifically on Obama: “The president had the opportunity to serve his country. I’m sure at some time he made the decision that isn’t what he wanted to do.”
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