A Republican Senate candidate for Michigan made no apologies for his military combat experience and how it qualifies him for office.
“While experience is important, it’s relevant experience that matters,” 2018 Senate candidate John James captioned a video he posted on Facebook Wednesday.
The 36 year-old Iraq War veteran and West Point graduate referred to his fighting experiences and killing terrorists in the video.
Day 7: While experience is important, it’s relevant experience that matters. I’m a combat veteran who understands national security from a strategic and tactical level. I want YOU as my co-pilot. Please click on the secure link and join our volunteer team today! http://bit.ly/2yE6WJP
Posted by John James on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
“I flew 750 hours of combat in Baghdad, and on exactly zero occasions did anybody ask me my age before I put a hellfire missile down a terrorist’s throat,” James stated.
I’m not a politician, but my lifelong passion for service, love for America & for Michigan compels me to take action. pic.twitter.com/oNLLWtpgOp
— John James (@JohnJamesMI) September 20, 2017
The Michigan candidate, who is making his first foray into politics, is challenging 67 year-old incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow who is running for a fourth term. Singer Kid Rock has also sparked speculation that he would be running for the same Senate seat against Stabenow but his candidacy has yet to be made official.
— John James (@JohnJamesMI) September 27, 2017
James bluntly recounted his experiences and addressed critics who question his abilities given his young age, citing the growth of his business as another example of the experience he has garnered.
“I believe we should put talent in Washington, not seniority,” he said.
— Chad Livengood (@ChadLivengood) September 21, 2017
He added that “fresh perspective” and “passion for service” are more effective forms of leadership than what “political insiders and career politicians” offer.
Straight-shooting talk about killing terrorists won James a lot of new fans on Twitter as his direct no-nonsense approach earned him plenty of applause.
I hate politics but I love America, and I’ll say it again: If you’re ready for the fight, I’m ready to lead. https://t.co/vF6Ctdbw6X
— John James (@JohnJamesMI) September 28, 2017
It sounds like John James will get a heady endorsement for Michigan Senate from the Trump ?. MAGA BABY!!! ?????
— Nightowl (@nightOwlbookLvr) September 28, 2017
Great we need more like him. West Point is training them right.
— JJarrell (@JJarrell37) September 28, 2017
Finally, a candidate with some balls!
— Crystal Salapatas (@csalapatas) September 27, 2017
“Everything about this video is absolutely incredible. Most politicians don’t want to be this blunt with people.” https://t.co/rEggrG8udk
— stusandler (@stusandler) September 27, 2017
Dear god I hope you win, I really don’t want a Senator Kid Rock.
— Zack McClain (@ZachMcClain93) September 28, 2017
Thank you for your service sir! Looking forward to see you doing big things!
— Jacob Palmer (@jpalmer2000) September 28, 2017
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