Veterans represent one in five candidates in this year’s midterm elections, and their message of unity and love of country is helping to shape key races across the country.
Three Republican candidates — Jennifer Ruth-Green, Anna Paulina Luna and Esther Joy King — joined forces with Florida Rep. Michael Waltz, R., on Sunday’s “Fox & Friends Weekend” to take a bold stand against the ” revival” in the military and in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools.
“That’s why we need to get the majority back and that’s why we need principled conservative veterans on my side in Congress,” Waltz told Will Cain.
He underscored the value the conservative trio brings to restoring traditional values and the purpose of the military that may have gone astray.
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“I’m confident, when they enter Congress, [they’re] will roll up their sleeves, take the tough votes and know the right questions to ask our military leaders and bring them back to focusing on war and winning our nation’s wars rather than ESG, climate, gender and all these other distractions that they seem to be prioritizing right now,” he added.
Ruth-Green, an Air Force veteran vying for Indiana’s First Congressional District, said the No. 1 focus should be on “mission readiness.”
“We have to come back to that,” she said. “The struggle with an emboldened North Korea, an emboldened Russia and an emboldened China is that we have enemies who are focused on eliminating us and minimizing our country’s influence.”
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They argued that the United States’ weakened presence on the world stage should remain the military’s top priority and that recruiting requirements are key to success.
Luna, an Air Force veteran campaigning for Florida’s 13th congressional district, expressed outrage at the ramping up of allegedly sexually explicit material in DoDEA schools, calling the move “unacceptable.” .
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“It is unacceptable for the Pentagon to push this type of material, especially on the most influential, which are our children,” she said.
“If we are going to pay for this, when we take over the House…sponsor a parental rights bill so that other parents in the country, whether they are in the military or not, do not expose their children to that content.”
King, an Army reserve officer seeking to take over Illinois’ 17th congressional district, echoed anti-revival sentiments.
“We have a mission, as the United States military, to fight and win America’s wars, to defend our freedom,” she said.
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“If we’re distracted from that, it means we have a lack of leadership in Washington, DC, and that’s exactly what our campaigns are about — to hold the Biden administration and our leaders accountable.”