With An Eye On the House, Democrats Turn To Veterans For 2018 Races

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By Steve Mistler

One ad for a 2018 congressional candidate shows him wearing a T-shirt with an unofficial Marine Corps motto, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” Another ad shows a candidate boasting, “I was the first woman Marine to fly in an F-18 in combat. And I got to land on aircraft carriers.”

But neither candidate is a Republican, the traditional party in favor of a muscular military. Instead, they’re part of a cohort of at least 20 military veterans running under the banner of an increasingly liberal Democratic party in the 2018 midterm elections.

The recruitment effort, designed to bolster Democrats’ hopes of taking the two dozen seats they need to retake the House of Representatives, revises an old strategy the party used in 2006 when roughly 50 veterans ran with mixed results.

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